Wartime inspired an alternative form of service, birthing Mission Aviation Fellowship – now more than 75 years old. Robin Evans and Darren Harbar explain all
The end of World War Two triggered numerous, independent efforts by airmen and women in the USA, UK and Australia to use aircraft for peace. Wartime experiences had thrown their Christian outlook into sharp focus and they held a shared belief that aircraft proven in conflict could deliver aid to the isolated. These national initiatives coalesced into Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), which grew through an initial challenging decade.
On February 23, 1946, a bright red 1933 Waco UIC Standard left La Habra, California, bound for Mexico. On board were two members of Wycliffe Bible Translators, a global movement supplying the Bible in indigenous languages. Piloting the first flight of the newly founded Christian Airmen’s Missionary Fellowship (CAMF, which joined MAF in 1947) was former WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Greene.