Patricia Johnson, a lifelong educator who brought her love of aviation into the classroom, is the first female pilot in Montana to be awarded the Federal Aviation Administration's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. She has been a pilot for 51 years and has never had an accident. Johnson learned to fly during her college years and now owns a 1966 Cessna 172 called Romeo. "Flying is for freedom of spirit. It takes you away from your ordinary cares and worries. It's just a nice serenity," she said.

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