Samaritan’s Purse DC-8 Aircraft

The Samaritan's Purse DC-8 aircraft allows the international Christian relief organization to respond to global disasters at a moment's notice. Since it first deployed in April of 2016, the DC-8 has carried more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo on 153 missions around the world.

Press Releases

  • Feb. 12

    Samaritan’s Purse Airlifts 30+ Tons of Food Supplies to Conflict-Stricken Ethiopia; Thousands of Children at Risk of Severe Malnutrition

    Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization, is airlifting life-saving food to children suffering in northern Ethiopia.

  • Nov. 11

    Samaritan's Purse Sends Desperately Needed Aid to Hurricane-Ravaged Honduras

    Samaritan's Purse is airlifting critical aid to Honduras after Hurricane Eta created widespread devastation in Central America.

  • Nov. 5

    Samaritan's Purse Responds to Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict; Airlifting 11+ Tons of Warm Winter Clothing to Aid Hurting Families in Armenia

    As conflict rages in war-torn Armenia and Azerbaijan, Samaritan’s Purse is airlifting emergency relief to conflict-affected families who were forced to flee their homes.

  • Oct. 15

    Samaritan's Purse Airlifts Emergency Field Hospital to the Bahamas; Adding Critical Covid-19 Capacity as Positive Cases Continue to Rise

    At the request of the Bahamian Prime Minister, Samaritan’s Purse is deploying an Emergency Field Hospital to Nassau

  • March 16

    Samaritan's Purse Responding to COVID-19 Crisis in Italy

    DC-8 Cargo Plane To Airlift Emergency Field Hospital, Medical Team, and Critical Aid

Fact Sheets

B-Roll

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  • DC-8 Cargo Aircraft

  • DC-8 Airlift: Ethiopia

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  • DC-8 Airlift: Italy

Photos

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  • Beira, Mozambique March 2019In the wake of Cyclone Idai, Samaritan's Purse airlifted more than 70 tons of critical relief supplies on its DC-8 aircraft, including an Emergency Field Hospital, to aid impacted families. Download
  • Nassau, Bahamas Sept. 2019Over the course of 18 round-trip DC-8 flights, Samaritan's Purse airlifted 360+ tons of critical relief supplies to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. Download
  • Nassau, Bahamas Sept. 2019Disaster Assistance Response Team members unload emergency shelter material from the Samaritan's Purse DC-8 aircraft after it landed in the Bahamas. Download
  • Greensboro, NCThe Samaritan's Purse DC-8 combination aircraft is specially configured to carry up to 84,000 pounds of cargo and 32 passengers--greatly increasing the Christian relief organization's ability to respond quickly to disasters around the world. Download
  • Greensboro, NCSince Samaritan's Purse first deployed the DC-8 in April of 2016, the aircraft has carried more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo on 153 missions to locations such as Puerto Rico, Haiti, Italy, Mexico, Jamaica, Togo, Colombia, Honduras, Tanzania, Bangladesh, and Mozambique. Download
  • Greensboro, NCThe Samaritan's Purse DC-8 allows the international Christian relief organization to respond immediately in the wake of disasters, helping families in Jesus' Name. Download
  • Greensboro, NC, March 2020Samaritan's Purse deployed a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital and more than 60 disaster response specialists to northern Italy when the coronavirus pandemic overwhelmed their local medical capacity. Download
  • Greensboro, NCCritical relief supplies are loaded onto the Samaritan's Purse DC-8, ready to aid families in the wake of disasters around the world. Download
  • Greensboro, NCIn 2015, Samaritan’s Purse added a DC-8 airplane to its fleet. Known as a “combi” aircraft, it is specially configured to carry up to 84,000 pounds of cargo and 32 passengers, significantly increasing the organization’s capacity to respond immediately in times of crisis around the world. Download
  • Freeport, Grand Bahama, Sept. 2019After Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm, Samaritan’s Purse made 18 roundtrips from Greensboro, NC to the Bahamas, carrying 360 metric tons of emergency relief supplies including an Emergency Field Hospital, shelter material, hygiene kits, solar lights, and water filtration units. Download
  • Greensboro, NC, Nov. 2020Samaritan’s Purse deployed more than 22 tons of critical relief supplies and winter clothing to Armenia—including coats, boots, thermals, gloves, socks and beanies—to aid families fleeing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Download
  • Greensboro, NC, Nov. 2020Samaritan’s Purse deployed an Emergency Field Hospital to Honduras after Hurricanes Eta and Iota wreaked havoc. Medical staff treated more than 2,100 patients while also bringing emergency relief and clean water to families in the hardest-hit communities. Download
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