Orbis DC-10 hospital to Pima

The OrbisDC-10, N220AU, on final approach for the last time on7November.

The latest exhibit at the ever-expanding Pima Air and Space Museum in Arizona is the second production Douglas DC-10, N220AU, which arrived on 7 November. For the past 22 years the historic airliner has been operated as an airborne eye hospital by the international non-profit organization Orbis International, and visited 78 countries.

The aircraft first flew on 29 January 1971. It was retained by the manufacturer until going to Gatwick-based Laker Airways in June 1977 as G-BELO. It flew with the fleet name Southern Belle until the much-loved airline ceased operations in February 1982.