Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) was born out of the ashes of WWII when a handful of RAF men dreamed of using aviation to help those living in the most isolated places. Founded in 1945, MAF’s early assets were the vision, passion and determination of a handful of pioneers, who shared a love of aviation and strong a Christian faith.
After rallying funds for MAF’s first aircraft in 1948 – a Miles Gemini – Flight Lieutenant Stuart King and former Squadron Leader Jack Hemmings began a six-month mission to explore how aircraft could assist the work of humanitarian missions dotted across Africa. With little more than a map, compass and wartime RAF experience, they encountered hazardous terrain, blistering heat and unimaginable needs.
The pair pioneered a way for humanitarian aviation to spread across the globe.
Since establishing its first mission base in Sudan in 1950, MAF has faced turmoil, hostility and rapid change in Africa, yet has continued to expand to meet growing needs around the world.
Now operating 131 light aircraft in 26 developing countries from Bangladesh to Ecuador, Haiti to Papua New Guinea, MAF delivers lifesaving aid, humanitarian personnel and disaster relief to some of the poorest and most inaccessible communities on earth.
Over the last 75 years, MAF has constantly advanced the scope of its operation by modernising is aircraft, equipping its staff and improving its capabilities to become a global leader in humanitarian aviation.
Today MAF is the world’s largest humanitarian airline flying to more remote destinations than the top three commercial airlines combined. Every four minutes, an MAF aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world.
To mark its 75th year, MAF is hosting a variety of events and campaigns to thank millions of worldwide supporters and spread the word about its lifesaving mission – and we’d love you to celebrate with us!
Be part of our 75th anniversary and take on the 7&5 Challenge. Find out more and order your Challenge Pack today!
Help to support our work so we can continue to bring help, hope, and healing to some of the world's most isolated people in need.
Do you have a heart for mission and want to get involved in the work of MAF? If so why not consider joining our UK and Ireland volunteer teams.