Angel Flight East (AFE) was founded in Pennsylvania by Harry Morales, a general aviation pilot, who wanted to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. He created 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, 900 to 950 flights are scheduled each year in the Northeastern United States.