FLYING ANGEL: Veteran pilot John Tully has combined his love of helping others with the joy of flying. Photo Helen Spelitis / South Burnett Times
FLYING ANGEL: Veteran pilot John Tully has combined his love of helping others with the joy of flying. Photo Helen Spelitis / South Burnett Times Helen Spelitis

This pilot has the wings of an angel

HE'S OUR VOLUNTEER OF THE WEEK:

When pilot John Tully needed a reason to keep his plane, helping others was the first thing that came to mind.

He loves flying, has been a pilot for 30 years, flown more than 5000 hours and has had a lot of experience flying out west while mustering cattle.

Mr Tully joined Angel Flight in 2003, volunteering his experience to help people in rural and remote areas access specialist medical assistance.

He might only do a few flights a year, but he knows the free service he offers really makes a difference.

"I like flying and I needed an excuse to keep the plane," he joked.

"I like to give something back - we can't go on through life taking without giving.

"The people are really good and sometimes it's a bit sad.

"I flew one lady, and you know how you bond with some people, she had ovarian cancer.

"And she actually died about three months later and I was really quite upset, she was a lovely lady."

South Burnett

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