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Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 6:09 am

What about that plane of which some pictures have just appeared? Who is the owner? What is it there for? Does anybody know more - complete story?
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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 6:13 am

It's a DC-10. Orbis is a non-profit org. that specializes in eye surgery in underdeveloped nations.

They used to have a DC-8 prior to the -10.

The plane used to spend a lot of time at IAH at Terminal B.
 
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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 7:32 am

I have seen the flying eye hospital and I have been in it. It is a very impressive aircraft and it looks just like a hospital inside. Several corprate sponsors including Fedex and United Airlines. In fact I think the aircraf tused to be owned by United.
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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 7:48 am

I read an article about it in Airways magazine many years ago, and I thought it was a L1011

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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 7:54 am

I took a tour of Orbis only three weeks ago. What a great thing to see. Yes, FedEx and United Airlines provide maintenance support and such. I saw a plaque onboard commemorating 'the assistance of United Airlines Staff for our C check' or some such thing. They fly to underdeveloped countries and perform eye surgery, laser and conventional. More importantly, maybe, they train local doctors in eye care techniques. The 'classroom' is in the from of the plane, just like a standard passenger cabin. Also, they record everything done in all the critical parts of the plane so as to make videos. the video room is neat.(tight though! they fit TEN across!) It is a DC-10-10... i have a brochure somewhere...and yes it used to be a DC-8. Must have been nice to moce up to the 10...
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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 8:56 am

United donated both the DC-8 and the DC-10 to the worthy cause. I believe the plane is flown by retired UA pilots.
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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 9:59 am

The aircraft (a DC10-10ER) started life with Laker Airways, then was acquired by British Caledonian Charter (renamed Calair and subsequently Novair).

Go to www.orbis.org for further information.

JetGuy, you're thinking of the Operation Blessing aircraft, formerly owned by televangelist Pat Robertson. That aircraft was ex PSA/Worldways Canada.
 
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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 10:12 am

Line number 1 if I'm not wrong. I've had the chance to tour this aircraft in the hanger at Kai Tak and outside the hanger at CLK. Hong Kong is the main place they raise their money.
 
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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 10:21 am

Jet_Guy; There is an L-1011 in fact there is 2 but they do not belong to Orbis but rather the FLYING HOSPITAL here are the pics


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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 11:11 am

Jean Leloup
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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 11:48 am

I toured the plane once when it was parked at IAH term. B. It serves a very noble and wonderful purpose indeed. If I recall correctly it's the second production line aircraft. Number one was the former AA N101AA... now flying for FedEX I believe.
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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Wed Jul 11, 2001 4:37 pm

I have been on Orbis too, it visited POS in May for 3 weeks. I was invited to visit and witness the operations in the theatre in the back of the cabin. The staff is international and overall very friendly and the techniques are truly up-to-date. Above all efficiency is the key, seeing that they operate in a confined space. I got a cockpit visit as well and that was fabulous - I also saw the underfloor area where the monitors and generators for the theatre are located. It was my first time ever on a DC10 albeit not a flight though, of course - they cannot operate inflight!

The plane was parked near to the BWIA hangars and thus adjacent to the runway, so the experience of witnessing surgical operations with the frequent scream of turbofans as BWIA 737-800s and MD83s flew in and out was novel. Every morning they started at about 9 am, a minibus brought in the patients and several local doctors would come to observe. Others would view the operations in the video room, where discussions were also held on various techniques.

Orbis was great. I was actually invited to return (seeing that my fascination for planes was evident and rivals that for medicine) but ended up flying to LGW instead. That in itself is a long story. Orbis left Trinidad on Saturday 9 June 2001, 2 days after the last operations.

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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Thu Jul 12, 2001 3:29 am

Orbis indeed is a good organization and a worthy cause to donate to.

I sent them $10 recently, it wasn't much but I know they need every dollar they can get!
 
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RE: Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?

Thu Jul 12, 2001 4:11 am

Fano Jets the DC-10 was not donated they paid for it, the total price including the mods done to it was about 11 million. there was several articles on the purchase on was in Airways or airliners magazine a few years back.
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Thanks A Lot Guys!

Thu Jul 12, 2001 5:46 am

Thanks for your info.
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