The coming year will serve as a sort of long goodbye for Orbis International's current "Flying Eye Hospital".
Operated by the non-profit organisation since 1994, the 1970-built McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 - which has a state-of-the-art surgical suite and teaching facility - is nearing the end of its projected lifespan and will be replaced by an MD-10 in early 2011.
But while retirement may be around the corner for the near 40-year-old ambassador of goodwill, it cannot rest its wings just yet.
In 2010 Orbis plans to operate 10 Flying Eye Hospital missions to
impoverished areas around the world, including Niamey, Niger; Kampala,
Uganda; Chengdu, China; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Surabaya, Indonesia. Read more...