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21 YEARS IN THE MAKING THE STORY SO FAR…


Averaging nearly ten call outs each day, MAAC is one of the longest established and busiest Air Ambulance organisations in the UK. MAAC began with just one helicopter flying out of a temporary air base and now proudly boasts three helicopters serving a population of over 6 million people. The charity has come a long way in the past twenty-one years but where did it all begin?


First mission: Six days after its launch ‘Air 5’ responded to its first patient. A woman had suffered a fall on the mountainside in Hay on Wye in Powys and needed emergency medical care. Quick into action the newly established flight crew rushed to the scene, stabilising the patient before airlifting her to Herefordshire Hospital in just six minutes. The Charity’s first successful mission had just been completed, ‘Air 5’ was off the ground!


February 1992: Touch and go. Initial funding was exhausted and the charity continued on a day to day basis only


May 1995: With operations getting busier and with increased fundraising and awareness, the Charity was able to extend its flying hours to ten hours a day, seven days a week. Since then our flying hours have again been reviewed and we now routinely provide a 16 hour service during the Summer months and 12 hours in the Winter


September 1998: New Visitor centre and operational base provided at RAF Cosford


2001: MAAC have always been the first to try new things. When the Bolkow 105 aircraft was replaced with a state of the art EC135 it was the first time that such an aircraft had ever been used as an air ambulance. The model is now the most popular amongst air ambulances in the UK


November 2005: The Charity reaches another milestone when the service achieved its 20,000th mission


April 2008: Launch of the new Staffordshire Air Ambulance relocated from the East Midlands


May 2011: MAAC celebrates 20th Anniversary


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