1. In 1963, Betty Miller became the first female pilot to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.
2. In recognition of her accomplishment, President Kennedy invited her to the White House to award her with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service.
3. But Miller didn’t come alone; she brought her lucky troll doll named “Dammit,” who had accompanied her on the record-setting flight.
5. Miller explaining the flight path she and Dammit flew.
Specifically, she flew from Oakland, CA to Brisbane, Australia.
6. JFK, Miller, Dammit, and Najeeb Halaby (Administrator of the FAA) pose for one final photo.
A few years later, President Johnson presented Miller with the Harmon International Trophy for Aviatrix of the Year.
No word on whether Dammit made a return trip to the White House.
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