Ann Pellegreno to be LLT Fly-in Guest Speaker

I am pleased to announce our Saturday, June 4 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Texas Fly-in guest speaker.

Lady taildragger pilots attending will receive an amazing and generous gift from our speaker (while quantities last).


Our special guest will be Ann Pellegreno, who retraced and completed Amelia Earhart’s 1937 attempted flight-around-the-world a mere 30 years after Amelia’s fateful flight.

It was 1967, the year this competent, young woman pilot with commercial, instrument and multi-engine ratings, and supported by an all male crew, flew a Lockheed 10 Electra around the world. Approaching Howland Island, she descended, dropping a wreath over Howland Island in memory of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, 30 years to the day after they disappeared.

Overflying Howland Island

Photo taken by Ann Pellegreno overflying Howland Island

Ann Dearing Holtgren was born in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1958 and soon married Don Pellegreno while living in Michigan. The couple moved to Iowa in 1969.

World Flight, The Earhart Trail 1971Ann’s first book, World Flight, the Earhart Trail, was published in 1971 and received the Nonfiction Book Award from the Aviation/Space Writers Association. That volume tells of Ann’s 1967 flight around the world in a restored 1937 twin-engine Lockheed 10 Electra, the same type as flown by Amelia Earhart. Ann followed Earhart’s 1937 flight path as closely as possible. The author’s second book, Volume One of Iowa Takes to the Air (1845-1918) was published in 1980 followed by Volume Two (1918-1941) in 1986. The third and final volume of Iowa Takes to the Air (1941-2003) was published in 2003.

Ann served on the Iowa Aeronautics Commission from 1974 to 1975 and from 1974 to 1976 on the Iowa Department of Transportation Commission, the first woman so appointed to a state DOT commission in the nation.

Her articles have appeared in McCall’s, Air Progress, Air Trails, Sport Aviation, Antique Airplane News, The Annals of Iowa, General Aviation News and FlyLow. Ann has received many awards and is highly regarded in the aviation community.

Ann continues to write about aeronautical topics, fly her Piper Cub, and help with aircraft restorations.

Arrival at Oakland, California 1967

Arrival at Oakland, California 1967

Lady taildragger pilots will receive a very generous packet compliments of Ann (while quantities last). Each packet contains sheets about lady taildragger pilots from Vol. 1 & 2 of ‘Iowa Takes to the Air‘. Three sets of her 1967 World Flight covers (see below), all autographed. An unsigned Champion Spark Plug photo of Ann waving from the hatch of the Lockheed 10 Electra (first photo above) and Volume Three of her book ‘Iowa takes to the Air‘. For those who would like, Ann will be happy to autograph copies of her photo and book.

Flight cover #1

Flight cover #1

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