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Wendell Holland

Wendell Holland

Wendell Holland, customer and friend of AIR Flight Training, changes our world one flight at a time. He has donated his time, airplane, and operating expenses over 160 times to patients in need of medically related transportation through Angel Flight. Wendell was recently recognized by Oklahoma City’s NewsChannel 4 for his charitable efforts, and awarded a cash donation through their Pay it 4ward program.

Congratulations, Wendell! AIR Flight Training is proud of you and your gifts to humanity.

Click here for the news clip.  Read the transcript below.


Article by NewsChannel 4’s Ted Malave:

Wendell Holland is a pilot on a mission. Those who board his plane are often in dire straits.

Like Nikki, she is terminally ill but excited to fly to a special camp. Or like little Reese, traveling with mom to St. Jude Research Hospital.

Debbie Moore “When they’re hurting so badly he gives them some hope,” Debbie Moore says.

Wendell is a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight. He donates his time and plane to transport patients who need medical care elsewhere.

“He had the airplane and he wanted to figure out a way to do something good with it. He learned about Angel flight and it just fit,” Moore explains.

NewsChannel 4’s Linda Cavanaugh says, “All of this is possible because of Spirit Bank, and Faith Clune is here to do the honors.”

“Debbie, thank you so much for your nomination. Angel Flight is such an amazing program. And I just can’t wait to go in and meet Wendell. He’s already paying it forward with his life, that’s for sure,” Faith Clune, of Spirit Bank, says. “On behalf of Spirit Bank and NewsChannel 4 we have $400 to help you Pay It 4ward to Wendell.”

“We’re making our way through Debbie’s house to the backyard and an unsuspecting Wendell. He’s in his blue shirt. His wife Caree joins us,” Linda Cavanaugh says. “We have a program called Pay It 4ward and Debbie nominated you and Caree as recipients of this week’s Pay it 4ward and she’d like to tell you why.”

Debbie Moore “Wendell, you and Caree are the most generous people I know. I just appreciate so much what you do and all the pilots for Angel Flight. And I want to Pay It Forward and give you $400”

“Thank you. It’s going to the fuel tank on the next mission,” Wendell says laughingly.

Wendell Holland has donated more than 160 missions so far. He was named the Angel Flight pilot of the year three years running.

“When I normally fly this plane our call is normally when we have a passenger on board for an Angel Flight, our call sign is compassion,” Wendell says. “I think that word says a lot about what we do and what we bring to people’s live.”

He brings relief to those who so badly need a helping hand.

Like Christina; only 40-years-old battling cancer or Shirley, who became a friend until she lost her battle with cancer.

Wendell and his passengers soar 300 miles an hour towards their destinations; so close to the heavens.

“They’re God’s precious cargo and we’ve been entrusted to carry them,” Wendell says.

Wendell urges other pilots willing to donate their time and plane to contact You’ll be able to change lives in ways you never imagined.

About the author

Christopher Carmody has been instructing pilots for over a decade in various aircraft models. He has been awarded the Master Flight Instructor designation by the National Association of Flight Instructors in addition to being recently named "Flight Instructor of the Year" in the FAA's Central Region. He is a former demonstration pilot and regional director of sales of new Piper Aircraft in the midwest. He received his B.S. in Aeronautics majoring in both Aviation Science / Professional Pilot and Aviation Management from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University.