Wings of Hope: Changing Lives Through the Power of Aviation

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Wings of Hope is a global humanitarian charity that has been helping the citizens of the world access health care and resources since 1962. As their name suggests, they use aviation to deliver resources to those in need. They state their mission is to “change and save lives through the power of aviation.” Although I had heard of them, I didn’t know  where they operate and how very different they are from other charities that may provide one trip for a family in need using a flight department’s aircraft. Wings of Hope owns and operates their own aircraft, staying with a family throughout a treatment program. I sat down with Bret Heinrich, president and CEO of Wings of Hope, to learn more about them and to find out about how volunteering with them works. Additionally, they are about to hold their annual fundraising gala in St. Louis, Missouri at the Chase Park Plaza February 9. This event raises funds dedicated to their domestic field base, the St. Louis based Medical Relief and Air Transport (MAT) Program. The organization also accepts aircraft donations for resale. You can see the aircraft here and currently they have a beautiful looking Aviat Husky A-1B for sale.

More information about Wings of Hope, as well as how to donate and volunteer to support them, can be found at

This entry was posted on January 30, 2019