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Greater Peoria Regional Airport
St. Louis, MO 63122-0862
Founded in 1981 by Wanda Whitsitt of Champaign, IL, The LifeLine Pilots, 501 (c)(3), began as a small group of pilots in Illinois who envisioned using their special skill of flying to help people with emergencies to reach medical centers. Originally, there were 40 pilots coordinated by a group of volunteers. A total of 40 missions were flown the first three years. After five years, the group separated from the state agency in order to expand the service area outside of Illinois. Criteria was expanded to include financial need and logistical concerns as well as a time element. An answering service was engaged to take calls and refer them to the volunteer mission coordinators who were board members. Our 100th mission was flown in 1987.
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