Afghan Refugee Turned Aviatrix Appears at the Women’s Air and Space Museum

Fri 11/9 @ 6:30PM

Sat 11/10 @ 9AM-2PM

“Dinner With a Slice of History” nights are regular edu-tainment features at the  International Women’s Air and Space Museum, a free attraction inside Burke Lakefront Airport dedicated to female pilots, astronauts and cosmonauts. Their guest for November is a very special lady indeed.

Shaesta Waiz flew around the world solo in a Beechcraft Bonanza A36 in 2017, becoming the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single-engine aircraft. Even more amazing is her background, as an Aghan exile (from the Soviet invasion), born in a refugee camp and growing up in northern California.

Although her wartime childhood gave her an early fear of flying machines, she studied and obtained a piloting license in Florida. She now possesses a cargo of trophies for her achievements in flight and runs a nonprofit.

Dinner will begin at 6:30pm, with the extraordinary program beginning shortly afterwards. Attendance is only $17 (with discounts for IWASM members. RSVP by calling 216.623.1111 or go online at, as seating is limited.

Wait will also be the keynote speaker at the Wings of Women (WOW) STEM conference taking place at the museum on Saturday, geared to female high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

[Written by Charles Cassady Jr.]


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