TIL When a man in New York needed a heart transplant from a donor in Oklahoma, the hospital reached out to the US Air Force to help with transportation. The donor heart was transported across the country in two hours on an F-111 fighter jet. The operation was a complete success.

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  1. A heart can only remain viable for 3 1/2 hours before transplant, and a private charted plane wouldn’t be able to make the trip in time.
    This was also probably good training for the Air Force to plan a unique mission like this, and I’m sure the crew appreciated doing something different from their usual training. The operation also included an in-air refueling, I couldn’t fit that in the title.

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