01 Aug Born in a refugee camp, she’s now flying solo around the world
The first time Shaesta Waiz remembers seeing a plane, she was a child watching the news about an aircraft accident.
“I said to my mom, ‘I hope I never ever have to fly in an airplane,'” she said. “I was so scared and terrified.”
Now Waiz is a certified pilot in the middle of a solo flight around the world. By the time the 30-year-old completes her journey in September in Daytona Beach, Florida, she plans to have made more than two dozen stops in some 18 countries.
She also hopes her trip will “inspire girls and young women worldwide to dream big and achieve more,” especially in the fields of science, math, engineering and aviation.
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