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A First Flight

Thirty years after making the decision not to become a pilot for the Air Force (he became an engineer and ended up retiring from the Air Force), Kurtis Sampson received his pilot certificate to do cross country flying. He needed a purpose for his flights, so he signed up to be an Angel Flight pilot. When he signed up for his first...

Family in Flight

Sean Julian got the flying fever when he was a teenager. After some excited encouragement by him and his brother, Sean’s parents won a dinner for two at a remote ranch that included a flight. When the family arrived at the airport to fly to the ranch, the pilot was a little surprised to learn that, instead of flying a couple for a...

The Texas Gooney Bird

Guest post from Paul Proske, new pilot  As my wife will tell you, I describe myself as a pilot, a business owner, and an optometrist…in that order.  Most conversations that I have with her or the kids will quickly turn to aviation.  Go figure. As a young boy, I would often go to the local VFW hall with...

Three Years of Angel Flights—and a Glimpse Beyond

A family physician's discovers a different side of patient care while flying missions for Angel Flight South Central. His developing friendship with a cancer patient during 27 Angel Flights led to both rewarding and painful moments.

“Retired from Practice, But Still a Doctor at Heart”

Jack Blackshear had his eyes fixed on a career in medicine from an early age. When he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve to become a flight surgeon in 1970, he discovered another passion: flying. As part of his military training, Jack learned to fly the North American T-28 Trojan through the training command at the Pensacola Naval Air...

From Car Mechanic to CEO and Command Pilot

Don Carruth hasn’t always flown high. He left school after the tenth grade and spent the early part of his career as a Volkswagen mechanic in Midland, Texas. In 1969, his boss, Richard Stovall, introduced Don to flying. Don earned his license a year later, but “I couldn’t afford to fly much then.” [Pictured...

Celebrating 300 Missions with the Organization That Pushed Him to Fly

Scott Young had long dreamed of learning to fly and owning his own plane. When he saw an article about Angel Flight in a magazine, he knew he'd found his reason to finally fulfill the dream. Now one of Angel Flight South Central's most beloved pilots—and Southeast Texas wing leader—Scott has flown 300 missions for AFSC and plans to fly at least 200 more.

A life in flight leads to a life of giving back

Mike Sisemore has been an adventurous pilot for nearly 50 years, filming skydiving world records and flying to remote destinations for camping with his wife. Several bouts with cancer led the Sisemores and their trusty basset hound into a new adventure: flying cancer patients to the lifesaving treatment they need.

Board member flies to North Pole to support Angel Flight South Central

On July 14-28, AFSC treasurer Wayne Maynard took an exciting adventure: he flew from Dallas to the North Pole and back to raise awareness and funding for Angel Flight South Central. Wayne first became involved with Angel Flight because he lost a brother to cancer, and he has become an avid supporter ever since.  The trip involved...

A Generous Marriage

This husband and wife team give back to their community – together – by volunteering with Angel Flight South Central.