“I spent every dollar I had buying flying time,” he says.
“I thought about becoming an airline pilot, but I figured I only wanted to fly where I wanted to go.” He flunked high school but excelled at aviation school.
They had trap doors on the bottom, and when asked if he wanted them sealed, Dellentash said, “No.
I’ve got an idea.” “I’ll buy as many of these damned trap-door planes as you can sell me,” said Lenny, one of Dellentash’s customers from Oklahoma. Dellentash leased a plane for the occasion and flew a rare push-pull Cessna Skymaster 337 over Central America, with propellers on the front and back of the aircraft.
His father was an Italian-American building contractor with high-rise goals, and his pianist mother was the head of the local Republican Party.
Alfred sang in the church choir but regularly stole the “Body of Christ” wine.
Though he used the bank’s cash to finance his spending, he was often too broke to afford gas.
“My life was all mapped out for me.” In 1971, Dellentash married his high school girlfriend, and they had two children.His mile-high empire was a front for the most rock ’n’ roll drug smuggling ring in history.Ironically, Dellentash secretly getting the whole of America high — hiding in plain sight as a chartered plane provider, and later, a music manager for 1980s acts including Meat Loaf and the Bay City Rollers.An attorney has arranged this meeting with one of America’s most mysterious men — who has reportedly had surgery to change his identity — at his place of work. When I first punched his name into Google, six months ago, the results were simply baffling.First, there is an archived magazine article from 1978, titled: ‘TOURING ROCK STARS GO TO AL DELLENTASH WHEN THEY REALLY WANT TO GET HIGH.’ The headline is a clever joke, you see, because the story is about his multi-million-dollar private jet-leasing business, which he built in his twenties: “Among the acts that have chartered Dellentash’s three Convairs, two helicopters and a Boeing 707 are the Rolling Stones, KISS and the Grateful Dead.” The next hit told me Dellentash was moonlighting as a wingman for two of history’s most deadly criminal organizations, flying Pablo Escobar’s drugs from Colombia to the Gambino crime family in New York.