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First thoughts and early research “Thank you doesn’t


Six-month trial approved and registered charity no.1001064 established


really do it justice!” Beth Haynes, Baby Arthur


21st May 1991: A handful of people formally launched a new air ambulance service called ‘Air 5’ at Hagley Hall in Worcestershire. The new air service was one of the first of its kind in the UK and would be operational five days a week from Half Penny Green Airport


October 1991: The six month trial was extended and ‘Air 5’ moved its airbase to RAF Cosford in Shropshire, a home where the Charity’s helicopter would stay for the next twenty one years


1993: ‘Air 5’ was renamed ‘County Air Ambulance’ in recognition of the eleven counties of England and Wales then served by the Charity


1997: ‘County Air Ambulance’ launched its second operational helicopter and the new airbase was a UK first. Strensham airbase on the M5 in Worcestershire was the first motorway airbase in the country, proving to be an excellent location for responding to incidents in the quickest possible time. We love our air base at Strensham so much that we’re still there today and refurbished it this year!


November 1999: Flying high! A Third helicopter was introduced at East Midlands Airport. (Ten years later this aircraft base was relocated to Tatenhill in Staffordshire as part of a re-organisation of air services in the region.)


October 2003: All aircraft were equipped with new life saving medical equipment


October 2004: East Midlands Aircraft extended its service to seven days a week


June 2007: County Air Ambulance completed 25,000 missions


May 2009: The charity celebrates 18th Birthday celebrations


October 2011: MAAC becomes an independent charity. Registered no: 1143118


May 2012: MAAC celebrates 21st Anniversary


“I will be forever grateful to MAA for allowing me to look


after my children.” Suzanne Hadwen


Today Midlands Air Ambulance operates three helicopters out of the RAF Cosford, Strensham and Tatenhill air bases. We continue to save lives across the communities of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands, flying seven days a week, 365 days a year.


Without our fabulous fundraisers and our valiant volunteers Midlands Air Ambulance would not be celebrating its 21st Anniversary this year.


It is because of you that the Charity has managed to be where it is today and with your continued support we will go on to have a sky high future.


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“But for the response of MAA I wouldn’t be


here today.” Richard Evans


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