Record-Setting Pilot to Christen Goodyear’s Newest Airship

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) – The youngest woman to fly solo in a single-engine plane around the world will christen Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s newest airship.

Akron-based Goodyear says 30-year-old Shaesta Waiz will christen the Wingfoot III airship on Aug. 30 at the tire maker’s Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield Township.

Waiz flew around the world from May 13 to Oct. 4, 2017, stopping in 22 countries to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM) education.

Waiz advocates for STEM education through her nonprofit organization, Dreams Soar Inc., which is based in Florida.

Other women who have christened Goodyear blimps over the years include aviator Amelia Earhart in 1929 and astronaut Sally Ride in 2000.

Wingfoot Three is Goodyear’s third new technology, semi-rigid airship built in conjunction with German manufacturer Zeppelin.