After takeoff I get but why would a regularly scheduled flight be a lifeguard flight before takeoff?
United 139, the SFO to LAX segment is normally an A 319, today is a B757, just got cleared for takeoff from SFO. Several times they, and the tower, used “Lifeguard United 139” as the call sign.
Those of you with live ATC they should arrive in LAX around 9:45 PST or thereabouts.
True… most Part 121 carriers aren’t, but garter the biggest headlines when something major happens… Case in point: TWA800 was a lifeguard flight. IIRC, they were carrying corneas that were to be used for a transplant to give some people their eyesight back…
Now… Angel Flight on the other hand… those guys do some great work.
Not saying that at all. Just that most Part 121 Lifeguard Flights don’t get any recognition unless something happens and the media catches wind of it. Case in point being TWA800. To the general public flying Part 121 carriers, Lifeguard is another revenue-generating flight. We know the work that you do, and it’s great, but how many passengers know that you are carrying precious cargo? If they knew, they would definitely be more appreciative of the work you do. those of us who know, surely do.
I think what they are trying to say is that people who go out of their way to volunteer for the good of others should get more recognition and praise. WE do have a lot of pilots who volunteer many many hours and give thousands and thousands of dollars out of their pocket just to help others. We do not reimburse them for fuel or their time. When I first joined, I was a volunteer and did what I could. I later back the President and therefore it is a job now, so I put the spotlight on all of our volunteers, as I should. Without them, many people would not get the treatment they need ongoing. Thanks to you all for all the work you so. Blake