Afghan Refugee Inspires With Solo Flight Around the World

Posted on Fri, October 6, 2017

On October 4, 2017, Shaesta Waiz became the youngest woman to fly solo around the globe in a single-engine plane. Before completing her historic flight, the Afghan refugee visited the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum to share her story and what helped her succeed. 

"I remember thinking to myself that I'd love to be a pilot, but it's something that girls from Afghanistan don't do. And once I got past this way of thinking ... I started to accomplish a lot more." 

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