published : 2023-09-23

Samaritan's Purse Dedicates New Airlift Response Center to Help Those in Need

Rev. Franklin Graham expands aircraft fleet to support disaster relief efforts

Samaritan's Purse CEO, Rev. Franklin Graham, at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Greensboro Airlift Response Center. Taken with a Nikon D850.

Samaritan's Purse, the renowned international Christian disaster relief organization, is set to dedicate a new airlift response center in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Under the leadership of CEO Rev. Franklin Graham, the organization aims to expand its aircraft fleet to better serve those in need.

The Greensboro Airlift Response Center, a 62,000-square-foot facility, will house Samaritan's Purse's two largest cargo aircraft.

This includes a newly acquired Boeing 757, equipped with extensive upgrades in avionics and communication systems.

With a cargo hold equal to that of three tractor trailers, the Boeing 757 can carry up to 67,000 pounds of supplies.

Aerial view of Samaritan's Purse's two largest cargo aircraft, including the newly acquired Boeing 757, at the Greensboro Airlift Response Center. Taken with a Canon EOS R5.

This enhanced capability will enable Samaritan's Purse to respond to disasters at a moment's notice, providing timely relief to affected communities worldwide.

Samaritan's Purse's new response center features a 55,000-square-foot hangar, office space, and facilities for aircraft maintenance.

The center will be staffed by a dedicated team of 21 individuals, including pilots, flight engineers, load masters, maintenance personnel, and flight support staff.

According to Rev. Franklin Graham, disasters and crises are becoming more frequent worldwide, necessitating a swift and efficient response.

Aviation plays a crucial role in Samaritan's Purse's disaster relief efforts, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively.

Pilots and flight engineers preparing for a relief mission at the Greensboro Airlift Response Center. Taken with a Sony Alpha a7R IV.

The recent acquisition of the Boeing 757 freighter plane has already proven its capabilities, as it completed its first relief mission by airlifting 24 tons of cargo to wildfire-stricken Maui, Hawaii.

Since its founding in 1970, Samaritan's Purse has been providing spiritual and physical aid to those affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine.

With its fleet of 24 aircraft, including the DC-8 and two helicopters, Samaritan's Purse has flown 185 aid missions to 55 countries, delivering vital relief supplies around the world.

The dedication of the Greensboro Airlift Response Center signifies Samaritan's Purse's commitment to alleviating suffering and sharing God's love through humanitarian efforts.