Boeing 757 Cargo Aircraft

Samaritan's Purse Aviation

  • Since 1975, Samaritan's Purse has used aircraft to transport doctors and relief workers along with tons of food, medicine, shelter materials, blankets, and other items to aid victims of natural disasters, war, famine, and other emergencies.
  • To support the work of Samaritan's Purse around the world, the aviation arm of Samaritan's Purse operates 24 aircraft, including two helicopters, which are based in strategic locations.
  • The various aircraft are specifically used for ongoing relief and development work in remote areas and are ready to deploy when disasters strike.
  • Samaritan's Purse now operates two cargo planes—a Douglas DC-8 and Boeing 757. These enable Samaritan's Purse to respond at a moment's notice by airlifting tons of emergency relief supplies including Emergency Field Hospitals, shelter material, and water filtration systems anywhere in the world.
  • Since 2016, the international Christian relief organization has flown nearly 8 million pounds of cargo on 185 flights to 55 countries out of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Boeing 757

  • In 2022, Samaritan's Purse added a Boeing 757-200PCF airplane to its fleet. The freighter aircraft can carry a maximum load of 67,000 pounds of cargo. The cargo hold is equivalent to the space of three tractor-trailers. With 15 different pallet positions, the 757 has versatile cargo space.
  • Built in 1985, the Boeing 757 was originally used as a passenger plane before being converted to a freighter in 2006. Samaritan's Purse purchased the aircraft in January 2022, and it received final sign-off from the FAA in August 2023 after undergoing extensive upgrades in avionics and communication systems.
  • On Sept. 1, the 757 completed its first relief mission—delivering 24 tons of cargo to Maui, Hawaii, where volunteers helped wildfire victims begin to recover.
  • The Boeing 757 has a range of 3,400 nautical miles—in perspective that would be a nonstop flight from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Lima, Peru.
  • The addition of the 757 to the Samaritan's Purse fleet greatly enhances the organization's ability to respond to disasters around the world.

Greensboro Airlift Response Center

  • The 757 and DC-8 cargo planes are based in the new Greensboro Airlift Response Center.
  • The more than 62,000-square-foot response center is comprised of a 55,500-square-foot hangar, including 46,000 square feet of aircraft parking space, and approximately 6,700 square feet of office space.
  • The facility is staffed by 21 people, including pilots, flight engineers, load masters, maintenance personnel, and additional flight support staff.
  • The response center provides the space for maintenance personnel to perform a wide range of aircraft maintenance activities on the DC-8 and 757, which expedites response times.
  • The Greensboro Airlift Response Center opened in November 2022 and is located at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina.

Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization working in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, visit