First female Afghan pilot wants to be the youngest woman to fly solo around the world

First female Afghan pilot wants to be the youngest woman to fly solo around the world

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Twenty-nine-year-old Shaesta Waiz began her solo flight around the globe. She set her sights on breaking a new record: to become the youngest female pilot to complete such a trip.

The plan is to make more than 30 stops over five continents, in 18 countries, in 90 days – flying more than 40,000 kms.

Waiz was born near Kabul, Afghanistan in a refugee camp. In 1987, her and her family fled to Richmond, Calif. to escape their worn-torn country.

Growing up, she started having an interest in aviation and started pursuing something that has never been done before. She became the first certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan.

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