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-- Iowa Takes to the Air --
A Series on Flight in the Hawkeye State

Volumes 1, 2 & 3


A Trilogy By

Ann Holtgren Pellegreno

Award winning books covering the years 1845 to 2003

Library sewn bindings, dust jackets, unpublished photos

This is the Story of 
Iowa Flight

Lighter-Than-Air Balloons, to Powered Fixed-Wing Aircraft for over 150 years.

IOWA Takes to the Air – Vol. 1

In 1845, Iowans saw an unmanned balloon ascend over the corn fields. Thus began the history of flight in the Tall Corn State. Then there were manned balloons, dirigible airships, and parachute jumps. The first fixed wing flight was in 1910, followed by state wide air exhibitions.

Iowa Takes To The Air
Volume One 1845-1918
By Ann Holtgren Pellegreno


6 x 9 Hardcover
288 Pages - 135 Illustrations
ISBN: 978-0935092-01-1



Early Iowans took to the air over cornfields and
the open prairie. Stunt flyers risked their lives to show their air acrobatics.

IOWA Takes to the Air – Vol. 2

In the Land of the Rolling Prairie, pilots, parachutists, and wing walkers entertained thousands of spectators. Hundreds of people learned to fly in the golden age of flight, and many planes flow over the Fields of Opportunity in Iowa.

Iowa Takes To The Air
Volume Two 1919-1941
By Ann Holtgren Pellegreno


6 x 9 Hardcover
336 Pages - 175 Illustrations
ISBN: 978-0935092-02-8


'From Jennys to Jets, Iowa shows they held the lead with
aircraft aeronautics, pilots, and plane manufacturers.

IOWA Takes to the Air – Vol. 3

Beginning with heroic exploits during World War II, and aeronautical development, thousands were involved in air services, manufacturing, and restoration and maintenance of aircraft. Museums were built to preserve and display the aviation heritage of the Hawkeye State of Iowa.

Iowa Takes To The Air
Volume Three 1942-2003
By Ann Holtgren Pellegreno


6 x 9 Hardcover
268 Pages - 211 Illustrations
ISBN: 978-0935092-04-2



First Person Accounts on
Iowa's Aviation, with
Hundreds of Unpublished Photographs

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