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Mission Operations

The Flying Hospital can complete up to eight missions per year. Typically, each deployment spans 21 days, depending on the nature of the mission. With a full staff of medical personnel, The Flying Hospital is able to serve up to 30 patients per day. In addition to procedures performed aboard the aircraft, hundreds of patients are also seen each day at a temporary clinic site and local hospitals. In a typical three-week mission, more than 8,000 patients can be treated.

Photo of local people touring the aircraft.

Medical teams on board the aircraft can provide surgical care for 12 days without re-supply. All of The Flying Hospital's systems are designed for deployment to areas with limited support.

The Flying Hospital also serves as a training center for healthcare professionals in the partner nation, who are invited to participate in surgical procedures or observe them via closed circuit televisions in the aircraft. Teaching seminars are also conducted at other sites.

The skills and insights gained benefit the citizens of our partner nations long after the plane has departed.

Medical Mission

Each Flying Hospital medical mission represents a global partnership that combines the efforts and support of individuals and groups to help hurting people. A mission is an opportunity to individuals in the healthcare field and in other fields to volunteer their time and expertise to alleviate human suffering in places that sometimes lack even the basic, elementary medical services. Likewise, organizations that sponsor The Flying Hospital missions through support for various aspects of the plane's operations (donations of capital, parts, equipment and supplies) help make the mission possible.

Furthermore, each Flying Hospital medical mission or emergency mission creates a partnership between the mission participants, sponsors, and the country visited, generating a bond of fellowship with the nation's citizens, medical community, business and governmental leaders. By facilitating these partnerships in developing and emerging economies, The Flying Hospital helps to create opportunities, provides life-changing medical care, and helps build bridges of understanding based on mutual respect and caring.

The standard medical mission involves a team of approximately 120 members including volunteer medical and dental professionals; flight operations, maintenance, security and logistical personnel, as well as public relations and marketing personnel. Additional professionals can be added to suit any specific requirements of the mission.

Most missions include outpatient surgery - such as ENT, oral/maxillofacial and plastic surgical cases (cataracts, strabismus, corneal transplants, cleft lip and palate, mandibular fractures, etc.).

Major surgeries requiring in-patient care - such as orthopedic, general, neurosurgical or gynecological procedures (arthroscopy, hip replacements, club foot repairs, hernia repairs, etc.).

General medical examinations and treatment - family practice, dermatology, minor surgery, etc.

Basic dentistry.

Eye examinations and provision of glasses (reading and custom prescription glasses).

Treatment of environmental health or poverty conditions - such as malnutrition, parasites, and tropical diseases.

Major lacerations and trauma treatment.

Education and training (medical/health seminars, hands - on practice, etc.).

Public health improvements (water purification and well drilling).

This unique "airborne vehicle" can make a lasting difference - one individual at a time - in some of the world's most desperate areas.

This is how lives are changed forever.