MAF History

2012

History of the MAF Logo VideoMAF unveiled a new logo that gives a fresh look to the aviation ministry’s historic dove emblem.

"From the wings-and-Bible emblem used in some parts of the world, to the dove used by MAF in the United States, the MAF logo has long been a symbol of hope and help to isolated people in remote corners of the globe," said John Boyd, president and CEO of MAF-US. "This new logo continues that proud tradition."

2011

MAF assists in efforts to combat measles and cholera epidemics in West DRC.

With thousands dying of starvation in Kenya and Somalia, MAF begins twice-weekly flights to the Dadaab refugee camp.

2010

Already well established in Haiti, MAF plays a major role in coordinating relief and rebuilding efforts after a devastating earthquake there.

Betty Greene, MAF's first pilot, is honored for her military service.

Restoration is complete on MAF martyr Nate Saint's home in Shell Mera, Ecuador.

2009

MAF takes delivery of its first Kodiak 100, the next generation of bush planes that will allow for greater capacity and the use of cheaper fuel.

2008

MAF assists in relief work in the northern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, responding to the LRA raids on villagers there.

After four major storms caused widespread damage across Haiti, MAF is instrumental in getting food and other supplies to remote areas.

2007

MAF flies aid agencies to areas hardest hit after Cyclone Sidr hits Bangladesh.

During an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MAF provides much-needed transport for doctors.

2006

The headquarters of MAF moves from Redlands, California to its new home and new building in Nampa, Idaho.

2006

MAF releases the results of Operation ACCESS! A landmark research project that surveyed 364 isolated areas in 64 countries.

2005

Following a series of earthquakes and a devastating tsunami, MAF is the first on site in Meulaboh, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. In the first seven weeks, MAF distributed relief supplies to some 60,000 victims by conducting 1,114 relay flights and transporting 387,743 lbs. of food.

MAF celebrates its 60th anniversary.

2003

MAF-Learning Technologies publishes the Bibliologia. Complete on one CD, this pastor's reference library in Russian contains 19 Bible translations and 125 Christian books. The Bibliologia was downloaded more that 50,000 times from the Internet during its first year with more than 6,000 copies distributed initially.

2001

MAF launches Operation ACCESS! under the direction of Ghislaine Benney. Completed in 2006, this landmark project would survey 364 isolated areas in 64 countries.

The purpose of Operation ACCESS! is to identify and survey areas of the world where transportation, communications, and technology barriers prevent or impede people's access to the Gospel and to sustained resources that advance God's Kingdom. The research focuses on countries with pockets of people who are either forgotten or unreached. Such groups have little or no access to Gospel ministry, resources for spiritual nurture, or basic services to improve their quality of life.

2000

MAF flies hundreds of flights to support flood relief efforts in Mozambique after hundreds of thousands of people are left homeless.

1998

Due to the El Niño weather pattern which brought severe drought conditions to Indonesia, MAF sends a fleet of planes and one helicopter for relief flying.

1998

In the wake of Hurricane Mitch, MAF conducts relief flights in the Mosquitia region of Honduras.

1998

The Mali Programs launches a well digging project. Hand dug by MAF staff, the project provides opportunities to share the Gospel. In its first 18 months, the well digging project would plant more than 20 churches.

1995

MAF begins a float plane operation in Central Kalimantan to focus on church and mission outreach.

1994

The lost MAF-US plane piloted by Nate Saint is recovered. Nate, and four other missionaries were martyred by Waodani (Auca) Indians on "Palm Beach" in Ecuador. The remains of the plane are displayed in a diorama at MAF headquarters in the U.S.

1994

MAF staffer, Rob Taylor, installs the first satellite communications link in Goma, Zaïre (now Dem. Rep. of the Congo), enabling mission and relief groups to communicate directly to the U.S. as well as with one another in the field.

1993

MAF completes installation of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) receivers on all aircraft. Using satellites, the GPS allows pinpoint location to within 50 feet anywhere in the world.

1992

Bob Gordon initiates a communications and logistics support ministry in Russia soon after the communist government crumbles.

1991

The Helicopter Association International awards "Pilot of the Year" to Dave Marfleet and Mike Meeuwse for their humanitarian efforts in Indonesia following a devastating earthquake.

1981

MAF initiates relief flights in Ethiopia in support of famine intervention efforts.

1970

Using a plane with retractable skis, Don and Phyllis Beiter launch a program in Central Asia, later forced to close.

1965

Queen Juliana of the Netherlands personally dedicates the MAF-US C-185 "Flying Dutchman," partially funded by the Dutch government because of MAF's pioneering work in Dutch colonies.

1964

MAF conducts rescue operations in Zaire (now Dem. Rep. of the Congo) during a sequel to the Congo rebellion. Many missionaries are killed or displaced.

1961

MAF begins flight service in Zaïre (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in support of Operation Doctor.

1961

MAF introduces the MISSAVIA transistorized radio, providing a light, low-power way to communicate over long distances.

1959

Paul Pontier flies the first Indonesian national missionaries. They witness for three days and 1,000 tribes people commit their lives to Christ.

1956

Nate Saint is martyred by Auca Indians on "Palm Beach." Killed along with Nate are Jim Elliot, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming, and Ed McCully. Seven of the nine killers and many others from the tribe eventually come to Christ. Tens of thousands of people around the world hear the story and volunteer to take their place.

1956

Nate Saint and his companions make the first personal contact with the Auca Indians. They believe the Indians are friendly.

1956

Nate Saint and four missionary companions land on "Palm Beach" near Ecuador's Curaray River to reach the Auca Indians, a tribe infamous for their violence.

1954

A Piper Pacer equipped to land on water or land launches MAF's program in New Guinea. MAF also officially opens its first program in Indonesia.

1952

UFM and TEAM invite MAF-US to serve their flight needs in Dutch New Guinea (now Papua) while C&MA brings in its own Irish-built Sealand Amphibian. Unfortunately, the Sealand crashes within three years and C&MA ultimately asks MAF-US to service all their flight needs in Dutch New Guinea.

1950

For countless missionaries, the shortwave radios installed and serviced by MAF are the only way to communicate with the outside world.

1948

Nate Saint flies a Stinson to Ecuador and launches the MAF-US program there.

1946

Betty Greene flies MAF's new plane on its inaugural flight. She pilots two Wycliffe workers to a remote jungle location in Mexico.

1946

The first MAF aircraft is purchased: a 1933, red Waco biplane four-place cabin with a new 220-horsepower Continental engine.

1945

Later to become Mission Aviation Fellowship, the Christian Airmen's Missionary Fellowship (CAMF) is launched.

1944

One of those pilots is moved to establish an organization as soon as possible so that missionary aviation can begin when the war ends.

1943

Three World War II pilots begin meeting for prayer, Bible study and discussion of missionary aviation.

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