McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 N220AU, of Project Orbis International, which operates as a flying eye hospital, is seen here during a recent two-week break at Stansted, while staff took leave after operating in Latvia. The DC-10 provides hands-on training for ophthalmic surgeons, nurses and technicians. Orbis is an international charity dedicated to saving sight worldwide. From Stansted, the aircraft left for Bulgaria in September 1995 for three weeks and then China for six weeks. Orbis normally visits 12 different countries per year and previously used a DC-8-21 (N220RB). The aircraft itself has had an interesting history. Initially used by McDonnell Douglas for test flying, it was sold to American Airlines in December 1972. It is no stranger to UK airports, having seen service with Laker Airways, Cai-Air and Novair.
Rarely seen Uruguayan Air Force Embraer EMB-110C Bandeirante 583 (c/n 082) from Grupo de Aviacion 6 at Base Adrea 1, Capitan Boiso Lanza, Carrasco (Montevideo), one of five delivered in September 1975, was seen visiting the Embraer factory on August 18, 1995.