Holding my new, squirmy, squeaky granddaughter reminded me of two flights.
The first flight raced against desolation. A teenage girl, struggling to deliver her first child, lay beneath a tree. Her young husband paced the mud alongside. His eyes darted down to her. Up to the sky. Back to her. The village airstrip, their one connection […]
Flight Follow | Season 1: Episode 3
Gene Jordan, wife Lynn, and Ecuador. Gene grew up in Ecuador, flew for MAF in Ecuador, and now his children (with grandchildren) serve in Ecuador. Gene recalls his first flights with MAF, pet monkeys, Ecuadorian rain, and how it feels going back to the same airstrips and villages and […]
When I arrived in Ecuador, I quickly learned jungle flying was serious business. Take no maneuver for granted. Attend to every detail. Reject all distractions. Clearly, dire consequence lurked in the shadows, straining to pounce.
That life-and-death-decision environment fostered a single-minded attitude. During the typical 15 minutes at any strip, my inner worrier said I had […]
“Wait … do I see two babies?” my husband asked the ultrasound tech. I blinked hard to make sure my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me. Then I got lightheaded. Sure enough, there were two little bodies showing up on the ultrasound monitor. We were going to be parents for the first time—twice! The trouble […]
The war shut down almost everything. Our host country, Ecuador, and its neighbor, Peru, fought over a portion of their common boundary. Understandably, the Ecuadorian military prohibited all civilian flying, including ours. No food to school kids. No medicine to health promoters. Neither preachers nor teachers to fledgling believers. The worst? No emergency evacuations. The […]
Pebbles scratched the paint. Bigger rocks just turned over in the propeller blast.
But golf- to baseball-sized stones pounded the tail of my airplane. Couldn’t be helped on the gravel strip. Still had to takeoff.
Two boys next to a Cessna 206 at a typical grass airstrip in Ecuador. Photo by Mark and Kelly Hewes.