Angel Flight East (AFE) is Pennsylvania’s first and largest provider of free air transportation for medically needy patients. Harry Morales, a general aviation pilot, wanted to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. He founded Angel Flight East, with the help of Jeff Kahn and Joe Staples, among others. Their vision and commitment to the principles of public benefit flying drove the dynamic force of what was to become AFE. Immediately, the organization began to fill the gap between the need to access crucial medical care at a distance and the high cost of transportation to get there.
In 1993, the first year of operations, AFE’s small band of new volunteer pilots flew 17 flights. Today, 700 to 800 medical flights are flown each year in the Northeastern United States.