Pilots for Christ celebrate 1,000th flight

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 02:37 PM.

“The remarkable part is, we really started ‘On a Wing and a Prayer,’ where the concept was to make a move on faith that if we did the mission flights, the money would come back in to help pay for the fuel in the planes,” said Kelley. “The aircraft and pilot time are all donated, but we try to raise funds through our not for profit 501C3 charity status to pay for the fuel. Remarkably, those pilots pooled their own funds and just starting flying patients.”

The majority of their flights are to MD Anderson Cancer Treatment Center in Houston, Texas, Kelley explained.

“We have also flown many children to St Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tn,” he said. “The Alabama Chapter is blessed to have larger planes with very experienced pilots who can make those longer trips when necessary. I have actually seen the sun come up over the everglades and transported a Catholic Priest home to Chicago after a stroke, and still made it back home to the Monroe County Airport before dark; what a Day!”

He also said they have a record of never being late on an arrival or departure in 17 years.

“Now that is a hard one for even the airlines to beat,” said Kelley.

They are now in need of their own airplane.

“We are hoping that someone reading this article will be led to help make this happen,” said Kelley. “Maybe a phone call, or offer up a prayer. We have the hanger, we have the pilots and experience, we just need a plane with PFC on the tail.”

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