We have detected that you may be using an outdated browser that is not compatible with our website.
For a better browsing experience, please view using Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari.
--Record-setting pilot follows in footsteps of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart
AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 30, 2018 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s newest blimp – Wingfoot Three – was christened today by Shaesta Waiz, the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft. Waiz traveled more than 24,000 nautical miles over a five-month period in 2017 visiting 22 countries on her record-breaking solo flight.
The christening of Wingfoot Three completes the renewal of the Goodyear Blimp fleet following the launch of Wingfoot One in 2014 and Wingfoot Two in 2016. Today’s christening falls 89 years to the day that aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart christened a Goodyear Blimp on Aug. 30, 1929.
“It is an incredible honor to join the group of inspirational women who have christened the Goodyear Blimp, especially on this anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s christening,” said Waiz. “The blimp embodies the freedom of flight that inspired me to pursue my dream of flying around the world encouraging youth to let their dreams soar.”
Waiz is the founder of Dreams Soar, Inc. a nonprofit organization that promotes empowerment for young women through STEM education and aviation. During her flight, she participated in outreach events with more than 3,000 girls and boys. As part of her visit to Akron, Ohio, Waiz met with students and toured the Akron Public Schools NIHF STEM Middle School and the new I Promise School.
“Shaesta is an aviation pioneer, an inspiring role model and a passionate advocate of pursuing STEM education and careers,” said Goodyear Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Richard J. Kramer. “Goodyear is proud to welcome Shaesta to the family of christeners of our iconic blimps.”
Since 1917, Goodyear has built more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles for public relations and defense applications, many built at the historic hangar that hosted Wingfoot Three’s christening.
Editor's Note: Multimedia content is available to view or download here: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/11QZaZTAv8/files
Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 64,000 people and manufactures its products in 48 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.