Obituary - MAF founder Stuart King

PUBLISHED: 14:24 23 October 2020

Stuart King, co-founder of MAF, alighting from the cockpit of Miles Gemini 1A G-AJZK during the UK tour in September 1947. Image: MAF

Stuart King, co-founder of MAF, alighting from the cockpit of Miles Gemini 1A G-AJZK during the UK tour in September 1947. Image: MAF

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Stuart became General Director and then Chief Executive of MAF in the mid-1970s, retiring in 1987 but remaining deeply involved right up to his passing

One of the founders of the Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF), Stuart King, has passed away aged ninety-eight. Stuart Sendall King joined the RAF in 1941, and by 1944 he was an engineer with 247 Sqdn which was flying Hawker Typhoons in Europe. In 1948 he and Jack Hemmings flew MAF’s first aircraft, Miles M.65 Gemini 1A G-AJZK, from Croydon to Nairobi, Kenya.

After much survey flying through East and Central Africa, Stuart and Jack learned much about the terrain, weather, and existing mission stations, and reports were sent back to MAF in the UK.

After being involved in African operations, Stuart returned to the UK in the mid-1970s to become General Director and then Chief Executive of MAF. He retired from the organisation in 1987 after forty years of service but remained deeply involved right up to his passing.

Today MAF operates 135 small aircraft throughout 26 countries and services 1,400 remote locations, some with very challenging airstrips. They bring medical care, emergency relief, long-term development aid and pastoral care to thousands of communities.

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