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Don Beldin was just one man flying a small single-engine airplane in the 1960s for Youth for Christ evangelism in the Bahamas. Responding to need, Don began transporting other missionaries and equipment in his plane. In 1964, the Lord guided Don to incorporate Missionary Flights International (MFI) to meet the growing needs of Bible-centered missions. The need for air service increased, so MFI acquired larger planes and added new countries.
After 42 years in West Palm Beach, MFI moved to Fort Pierce, FL in 2006. Today, MFI operates out of two hangars flying turbine-powered DC-3s to meet the needs of over 450 missions in the Bahamas, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and wherever the Lord directs. About 300 tons of cargo and 4,000 Christian workers are transported every year.
MFI only serves or flies those who are working with missions that are affiliated with MFI. To qualify for affiliation, each mission must be actively involved in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Other criteria include being a church or a registered non-profit organization with a Protestant statement of faith. If your mission is interested in becoming affiliated, please fill out the contact form and a representative will contact you shortly with more information.
Joe Karabensh, President
Larry Campbell, VP
Tod Mowery, Executive VP
Board of Directors
Dr. David McEwen (Chairman)
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Dr. Ron Giddens (Vice-Chairman)
Palm Springs, FL
Captain UPS Airlines
Special Agent for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, retired
Rock Hill, SC
Co-Owner Preferred Airports and Priority Air Charter
Eldoret, Kenya and Kidron, OH
Business Owner, retired
Captain FedEx, retired
LCDR United States Navy, retired
Port St. Lucie, FL
President, Broadseam Inc.
United States Navy, retired
Fort Pierce, FL
President, Covington Aircraft Engines, Inc.
President, Missionary Flights
Vero Beach, FL
Retired Director, Human Resources at Piper Aircraft
Vero Beach, FL
"The airplane that changed the world"
The Douglas DC-3 launched the commercial airlines in the 1930's, flew as a war-time transport in the 1940's, and continues in active commercial service today. No other aircraft has achieved or matched the safety record of the Douglas DC-3 or its rugged dependability. General Dwight Eisenhower listed the Douglas C-47 "Gooney Bird" (DC-3) as one of four pieces of equipment that he considered vital in winning the Second World War.
Douglas produced the DC-3 aircraft from 1935 to 1946. Some 12,000 DC-3/C-47s rolled off the production line; an estimated 1,000 are still flying. MFI's flagship passenger turbine DC-3 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65AR turbine engines, each of which produces 1,230 horsepower at takeoff. The turbine DC-3 cruises at an average of 225 mph., burning 145 gallons per hour and carrying up to 1,030 gallons of fuel. The cabin of the passenger DC-3s can seat up to 32 in comfortable reclining seats.
The Douglas DC-3 is a proven workhorse and is ideally suited for missionary service because of its versatility, dependability, and low cost of operation. Fully loaded, it can operate safely off many different sized airstrips. MFI has flown Douglas DC-3s in missionary air support service since 1976 and now operates two turbine DC-3s as well as a Cessna 310N.