The first air ambulance charity was launched in Cornwall on April 1, 1987.
Twenty-four helicopters are leased or owned and in service for the 17 air ambulance charities.
Air ambulance charities collectively undertake 19,000 missions annually, and serve 177 accident and emergency departments.
Collectively, the air ambulances are the busiest voluntary emergency services in the country
Air ambulances work with: 35 pilots, medical teams made up of consultants, specialist registrars, GPs, emergency care practitioners, paramedics, technicians and nurses.
Did you know YOUR Air Ambulance:
Is on call seven days a week, 365 days a year
Is operational across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (BOB) every day
Can be airborne within 3 minutes
Has a top speed of approximately 150 mph
Can land in an area of half the size of a tennis court
Up to 50% of our missions are road traffic accidents
Carries a patient and a carer
Costs are on average £165,000 a month
Receives NO funding from Central Government or the National Lottery
"WE RELY ON YOU ... SO YOU CAN RELY ON US"