The History of Air Ambulances*

 Where They Originated, How They Came to be Widely Used Across the World

If you fall in the woods and need rescue, are hurt on vacation and need to be transported or need transportation to receive an organ transplant; air ambulances and medical flights are there to transport those in need to their vital destinations.

Air medical transportation comes in the form of helicopters, single-propellers and even multiple engine jets. Although it was not always this way; there was a time when air ambulances were not even a blip on the radar. How did we go from the first flight by the Wright brothers to technologically-advanced medically-configured Learjets capable of international med flight?

It is believed that the first air ambulances were put to use during World War I by United States military personnel for search and rescue operations. Following the war, military forces around the world formed their own air ambulance/rescue forces. Soon after, the advantages of having aircraft devoted to medical flight became abundantly clear as thousands of wounded soldiers were evacuated from the battlefields around the world.

As time went on air ambulance operations became increasingly advanced and organized. Entire medical evacuation units were created and new aircraft were implemented in lifesaving operations. Medical flights were the wave of the future when it came to transporting wounded and critically-ill patients. Every capable nation was on-board to provide the medical care for their soldiers and citizens.

The civilian world was also learning the lifesaving power of the aircraft. It is believed that the first civilian aircraft used for medical flights were small single-propeller aircraft operated in remote areas. Alaska, northern Canada and Australia all have vast, sparsely populated areas of rough terrain. When someone gets hurt in these locations, it is often impossible to remove them without the assistance of an air ambulance. Quick thinking pilots began loading critical patients into their airplanes and transporting them to adequate hospitals and care facilities found in more densely populated areas.

From these early foundations, air ambulance services have flourished. People all over the world now have access to medical services and transportation that would have otherwise been impossible.

Learjet 60 on Runway

Angel MedFlight Learjet 60 on Runway

Angel MedFlight praises the ingenuity of early air ambulance operators. They opened the world for countless lifesaving operations and medical revolutions. In their honor, Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services continues to expand and evolve the concept of air medical technology.

Angel MedFlight uses highly advanced medically-configured Learjets that allow for high speed, high altitude and long-range patient transfers. The Learjets are staffed with teams of critical care medical flight experts and experienced pilots. Patients receive only the best in compassionate care, when flying on Angel MedFlight air ambulances.

For more information on Angel MedFlight, air ambulances, medical flights and patient transfers please visit the website at or call 877-264-3570.

*Angel MedFlight currently utilizes the services of sole and exclusive FAA F.A.R. Part 135 vendors, such as AeroJet Services, LLC (License Number: J7EA116I).

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