SUFFIELD, Ohio—Sometimes, your biggest dreams take flight, circumnavigate the world and never look back.
That's the way it happened for Shaesta Waiz, though she never really expected it. But here she is, just 31 years old and living some of her biggest dreams, including last year becoming the youngest female pilot to complete a solo flight around the world in a single-engine aircraft.
Goodyear, likewise, knows a thing or two about helping ideas take flight. The Akron-based tire maker prides itself on innovation, and its fleet of iconic blimps literally allow some of the biggest science, math, engineering and technology ideas to soar.
It was, ultimately, Waiz's passion for aviation and science that brought her to Goodyear's 100-year-old Wingfoot Lake Hangar in Suffield on Aug. 30. There she helped the tire company welcome its newest blimp, Wingfoot Three, as the official christener.
Last year, Waiz completed a solo flight around the world in a single-engine aircraft, traveling 24,000 nautical miles in a her Bonanza A36. Along the way, she made stops in 22 countries and conducted educational and outreach programs that were designed, in part, to inspire girls and young women to consider careers in science- and math-related fields.
"I'd say she is a remarkable woman, but that doesn't do her justice," Richard Kramer, Goodyear's chairman, CEO and president said during the christening ceremony. "She is an inspiring leader, an admirable role model, a record-setting pilot and, as of today, she becomes part of the Goodyear family."