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When JFK Met A Troll Doll

1. In 1963, Betty Miller became the first female pilot to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.

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.

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.
Image by Abbie Rowe/JFK Library

3. But Miller didn’t come alone; she brought her lucky troll doll named “Dammit,” who had accompanied her on the record-setting flight.

But Miller didn’t come alone; she brought her lucky troll doll named "Dammit," who had accompanied her on the record-setting flight.
Image by Abbie Rowe/JFK Library

4. JFK and Dammit being formally introduced.

JFK and Dammit being formally introduced.

5. Miller explaining the flight path she and Dammit flew.

Miller explaining the flight path she and Dammit flew.

Specifically, she flew from Oakland, CA to Brisbane, Australia.

Image by Abbie Rowe/JFK Library

6. JFK, Miller, Dammit, and Najeeb Halaby (Administrator of the FAA) pose for one final photo.

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.

Image by Abbie Rowe/JFK Library
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