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President Sees First Lady Off Before Her World Trip

Mar. 8, 1962 - Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy flew to New York today on the first lap of her goodwill trip to India and Pakistan. The President escorted his smiling 32-year-old wife aboard the Kennedys’ plane Caroline and then stood by his limousine as the door of the plane closed. It took off from National Airport at 12:58 p.m. The First Lady wore a leopard coat and a small black pillbox hat. Mrs. Kennedy will remain overnight in New York and will depart for Rome at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The goodwill trip will be Mrs. Kennedy’s first without the President. Her traveling companion will be her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill. The White House said Mrs. Kennedy was paying her own way on the trip, as was Princess Radziwill. White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger said the travel costs of Mrs. Kennedy’s staff and a number of Secret Service men would be paid by the Government.

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