This was one of two articles about aircraft used for humanitarian missions. Here you can read the second article, which was about a C-27J providing assistance in Mali and other African nations.
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 anMD-10 in early 2011.
But while retirement may be around the corner for the near40-year-old ambassador of goodwill, it cannot rest its wings just yet.
In 2010 Orbis plans to operate 10 Flying Eye Hospital missions toimpoverished areas around the world, including Niamey, Niger; Kampala,Uganda; Chengdu, China; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Surabaya, Indonesia. Read more…
Watch a video interview between our very own Barbara Cockburn and Orbis medical director Dr Cherwek.