Lasting vision: The union of aviation and medicine

Boeing is proud to host Orbis Flying Eye Hospital MD-10 in first public visit to Seattle, Wash.

July 20, 2018 in Our Partners

Boeing has teamed up with Orbis to showcase their third-generation Flying Eye Hospital -- the world’s only ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft.

Orbis is an international non-profit organization with a mission to fight avoidable blindness and transform lives by training local professionals to fight preventable blindness.

For 35 years, Orbis has operated three Flying Eye Hospital aircrafts that are now part of the Boeing heritage. The first was a Douglas DC-8, the second a DC-10. In collaboration with Orbis, Boeing has played a crucial role in decisions such as retiring the DC-10, and providing engineering and modifications to turn a former FedEx MD-10 cargo plane into the third-generation flying hospital. The state-of-the-art teaching facility, comes complete with operating room, classroom and recovery room.

“We are proud of our longstanding partnership with Orbis and their commitment to bringing long-term, sustainable eye care to local communities," said Bill McSherry, Commercial Airplanes vice president of Government Operations. "Their dedication is humbling and it is our honor to support them in this work."

On July 25, the Flying Eye Hospital will touch down at Boeing Field, making this its first public visit to Seattle, Wash. It is also the first time to tour the airplane for many Boeing employees who continue to support the Flying Eye Hospital through its maintenance program and generous individual donations. Boeing has partnered with the Museum of Flight and the King County Airport as hosts for this inaugural visit.

The airplane will be on display at the Museum of Flight July 28-29 and Aug. 4-5.

Tours of this unique flying eye facility will be led by the Orbis staff from:

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 29
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 4
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 5

Boeing employees can tour the Flying Eye Hospital free July 28-29 by showing their Boeing ID at the Orbis tent adjacent to the plane.

Boeing is proud to be part of this amazing Boeing MD-10 aircraft, an example of the unique relationship between medicine and aviation since 1982.

Together, Boeing and Orbis are making that vision a reality.