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  2. 1972

    MMA founders begin transporting needy patients in Washington, DC area.

  3. 1977

    Founders acquire a Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft to be employed fulltime for charitable, long-distance transportation.

  4. 1984

    With an increase in patient flights, Mercy Medical Airlift is incorporated. Board of directors organized to include Rev. Louis Evans, Jr.; BG Paul Watson, USAF (Ret.); Edward R. Boyer, PE; Maj. Bill Buckingham, USAF; and Dr. Harry Beaver.

  5. 1985

    MMA operates additional aircraft to meet growing need, including an air ambulance staffed with medical personnel. Flights originate in suburban Maryland near Washington, DC.

  6. 1989

    Operations move to Manassas, Virginia, where two aircraft used for service are hangared: the Bonanza (ambulatory patients) and the Cessna 421C (non-ambulatory).

  7. 1990

    MMA obtains a Federal Air Carrier Certificate (Part 135). LifePort stretcher system installed in the Bonanza.

  8. 1992

    Legendary NFL football coach Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys joins the MMA board of directors.

  9. 1993

    MMA completes its 1,000th mission, transporting a 10-year-old child from Richmond, VA to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

  10. 1995

    Special Lift program begins for clinical trial patients, developing into commercial airline operations in partnership with major airlines.

  11. 1997

    Trip coordination operations moved from Manassas, VA to Virginia Beach and closes down costly air ambulance program.

  12. 2000

    Transports over 2,500 clients this year. Instrumental in start-up of Angel Flight America, organized to coordinate operations with volunteer pilot groups nationwide.

  13. 2002

    Develops Homeland Security Emergency Air Transportation System (HSEATS), financed by federal grant and implemented nationally over a three-year period.

  14. 2003

    Transports over 3,500 clients with a public benefit of over $1,400,000.

  15. 2004

    Reenters air ambulance arena with establishment of Air Compassion America, aimed at helping clients acquire discounted bed-to-bed air ambulance transportation.

  16. 2005

    Completes over 2,600 missions assisting in relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina through the HSEATS program.

  17. 2006

    Air Compassion for Veterans is founded with a grant from California Community Foundation to support returning OIF/OEF veterans and their adversely-affected family members.

  18. 2007

    Assists over 10,900 clients with a public benefit exceeding $4,100,000.

  19. 2008

    MMA purchases the building at 4620 Haygood Road in Virginia Beach for its operations. Transports over 9,900 clients this year.

  20. 2009

    Angel Wheels to Healing program founded to support patients needing ground transportation to medical treatment.

  21. 2010

    MMA enters into partnership with American Airlines to support Air Compassion for Veterans. 3,227 OIF/OEF flights provided this year.

  22. 2011

    MMA provides 9,340 air and ground trips, serving all 50 states.

  23. 2012

    After nearly 80 medical trips from his home in rural southwest Virginia, Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic transports Richard Norris to Baltimore, MD for historic face-transplant procedure.

  24. 2013

    MMA completes its 100,000th mission, continuing a legacy of compassionate service to patients in need.

  25. 2014

    Program growth in 2014 will likely result in over 38,000 patient trips during the year.