Modern Day Amelia Earhart: Ann Pellegreno
Ann Pellegreno has long promoted the preservation and collection of Iowa Aviation History. She was the first woman to serve on both the Iowa Aeronautics Commission and the Iowa Department of Transportation Commission.
She is an accomplished pilot, airplane builder, and restorer. In 1967, she successfully flew a Lockheed 10, a sistership to Amelia Earhart’s, around the world on the Earhart Trail. She was inducted into the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame in 1990, the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame in 1991, EAA Vintage Association Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 2001. She received the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award in 2004 at Atchison, Kansas, and the Outstanding Involvement in Aviation Award from Michelle McEnany at the I-DOT/Aviation conference in Des Moines in 2010.
Her books include World Flight, the Earhart Trail (1971) and the trilogy Iowa Takes to the Air, with volumes published in 1980, 1986, and 2003.