Registered Charity No. 1126752

The first air ambulance in the UK flew in to operation in 1987. Since then, the story of HEMS in the UK has been one of sustained expansion, life-saving innovation, and heart-rending personal stories. Now there are more than 30 air ambulances flying nearly 20,000 missions every year. The Air Ambulance Charities in the UK generate over £45 million a year, mostly through donations and sponsorship by local people and businesses who are fiercely proud of their county air ambulance.


Navigate through the timeline below to learn about some of the amazing developments in our industry. There has been tragedy too. Take a moment to remember the crew of the Kent Air Ambulance who lost their lives whilst on duty in 1998