Our aircraft make us mission-ready at a moment’s notice to bring relief and the hope of the Lord Jesus Christ in times of crisis.

Some may recognize our iconic DC-3 from its missions across Africa, delivering personnel and relief supplies deep into the bush. It is also frequently used in our surgery programs to bring adults and children from remote areas to larger cities for medical care. Then there's our flagship DC-8 combi jet, which has delivered field hospitals and much more after disasters including the earthquakes in Turkey, the ongoing war in Ukraine, and multiple hurricanes in the Caribbean.

These planes may be our most recognizable workhorses, but they are just two of 24 aircraft in our Mission Aviation Services fleet—each of which plays a key role in our mission of bringing relief to those affected by natural disasters, war, and other catastrophes. Some give us access to faraway places in those life-and-death first hours and days after disaster. Others support our ongoing relief and ministry work in countries that have critical needs. Others still serve our work in Alaska, including church construction and our Operation Heal Our Patriots program for military couples.

“When a disaster strikes and people are crying out for help, every second counts. We specialize in responding immediately to emergencies around the globe, and we thank God for our aviation resources that make these missions possible.”

—Franklin Graham,President, Samaritan's Purse

Aviators and Aircraft to Serve the Hurting in Jesus' Name

To operate these aircraft, God has blessed us with skilled aviators who seek to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations—all while caring for "the least of these" anywhere we find them.

He has also provided us with the right equipment for the work. Our fleet includes cargo planes, lightweight aircraft, and helicopters positioned strategically with their crews worldwide.

Aviation has long been and will continue to be a vital tool for the ministry of Samaritan's Purse as we respond quickly after disasters, even in hard-to-reach areas around the world. Everywhere we go we help in Jesus’ Name, relieving suffering and pointing people to the incredible hope of the Gospel.