Like many, teenager Anna Pangrazzi had no planned career until her math teacher offered an unusual elective, the private pilot ground school. When completed, he offered students the chance to write the government exam. Anna had enjoyed the course and aced the exam. That summer she took flying lessons and within three months earned her Private Pilot licence.
She was enamoured with a young lad in Toronto and often flew for visits, taking friends to share expenses. Her piloting experiences grew, particularly with border crossings – because she lived in the USA.
After a year at university, Anna completed a Commercial licence and an Instrument rating. By then she had a considerable investment in aviation. She was as smitten with flying as she was with the Toronto lad! She had found a career. But her glasses were a problem. At that time, airlines didn’t hire pilots who wore glasses.
Anna married, moved to Toronto, and continued university studies, graduating in Economics in 1985. She became active in the First Canadian Chapter of Ninety-Nines, and later had a son, Jesse. When flying commercially seemed impossible, Anna sought new aviation challenges. She met a woman who sold planes. They worked together until her friend moved on and she briefly joined two fellows selling airplanes. In 1988 Anna formed her own company, Apex Aircraft, selling new and used planes, along with Leggat Aviation, which focused on maintenance.
The East Canada Section, Ninety-Nines are thrilled to celebrate these remarkable women with the custom postal stamps.
All the stamps are available in four formats. With each order purchasers receive a brief bio which we encourage them to copy and send with correspondence when using the stamps.
Domestic Postage sheets of 50 can be used as regular letter postage, even after future rate increases – $85.
A booklet of 12 stamps is useful for those desiring a smaller quantity for regular letter postage – $24.
The Keepsake sheet features 25 regular sized stamps plus one large stamp – $45.
A limited number of First Day Covers are available for $7 each. They will be of particular interest to the stamp collectors among friends and family.
Sheets of 50 stamps, Keepsake sheets and First Day Covers may be ordered directly on the stamp order page with credit card or by printing the order form and mailing it, along with a cheque, to Bev Fraser, Box 56060, Fiesta Outlet, Stoney Creek, ON, L8G 5C9. An additional $4 cost will be required for mail orders.
Please note that these stamps are not available at postal outlets.