Wings of Mercy East Michigan

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About Wings of Mercy

In June 1991, a group of committed and compassionate pilots met in Holland, Michigan to organize what became Wings of Mercy, Inc. The purpose of Wings of Mercy is to offer air transport at no cost to financially needy persons from the Eastern Michigan who require specialized medical treatment at distant medical centers.Petes_plane

Early on, it became clear that the need was far greater than expected.

Based on experience, upward of 80% of our clients would not be able to receive specialized medical treatment if our service was not available.

Newspaper, radio and television coverage helped to expand the service. Soon other aircraft owners volunteered their aircraft at locations throughout Western Michigan.

Growing Stronger: Wings of Mercy East Michigan is Formed

In early 1996, another group of committed and compassionate pilots in the Midland-Saginaw-Bay City Michigan area contacted Wings of Mercy for assistance in organizing a group to provide similar services for the residents of Eastern Michigan.  

This effort grew into Wings of Mercy East Michigan.



How it Works

All services are performed by volunteers. Aircraft owners/operators are reimbursed for fuel only (which represents only about 1/3 of the actual cost of operating an aircraft), and many refuse even that.

Wings of Mercy East Michigan is funded entirely by charitable contributions. Since there are no paid staff, 100% of donations fund operations. Overhead for Wings of Mercy is confined to fuel reimbursements and direct office expenses for mission management (phone/fax, postage, paper, etc.)

Wings of Mercy does not compete with commercial airlines, which our patients/clients cannot afford, or with air ambulance services, which are reserved for more critically ill persons.  

A Successful Team

Currently, there are three Wings of Mercy chapters in the United States. They include:

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What We've Done--Summary of Missions

1996 to Date


1994 Missions

Total Miles Flown: 

51.00 Times Around the World for our Recipients!)


304 Recipients Assisted


136 Michigan Cities Served


 127 Volunteer Aircraft


117 Volunteer Pilots in Command

216 Volunteer Second Pilots


Michigan Communities Served by Wings of Mercy East Michigan

Wings of Mercy East Michigan serves an area of approximately 5000 square miles, including the following Michigan communities:

  • Alger

  • Allen Park

  • Alma

  • Alpena

  • Ann Arbor

  • Apple Gate

  • Bad Axe

  • Bay City

  • Beaverton

  • Birch Run

  • Brighton

  • Burton

  • Caro

  • Caseville

  • Cheboygan

  • Clare

  • Clio

  • Coleman

  • Croswell

  • Davison

  • Detroit

  • Elsie

  • Essexville

  • Flint

  • Fraser

  • Freeland

  • Gladwin

  • Glennie

  • Goodrich

  • Hale

  • Harrison

  • Harrisville

  • Imlay City

  • Johannesburg

  • Kawkawlin

  • Laingsburg

  • Lake Isabella

  • Lansing

  • Lincoln Park