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How James Bond's Omega Watch is Helping to Keep a DC-10 Flying

October 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM | by | ()

What's the oldest flying DC-10 airplane up to these days? The answer: it's the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, completely reconfigured (see below) to be a learning center for opthamologists in the developing world and a temporary medical center for those in need, wherever Orbis flies. Even the guys in the cockpit are volunteer pilots.

What's Daniel Craig (aka the newest James Bond) name as his charity of choice? The answer: you guessed it—the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital.

The two have been working for a couple years now, raising the funds necessary for the DC-10 to get its jetfuel and get across the clouds to places like Ulanbaatar, Mongolia, where Craig came together with the crew to shoot an informative and touching mini-documentary (embedded below).

Most recently Orbis received a boost in funding from the sale at auction of a rare Omega limited edition titanium Planet Ocean watch worn by Daniel Craig in Skyfall. As part of the Christie's auction to mark the 50th Anniversary of James Bond on film, the Omega fetched £157,250, with every penny going to Orbis. 2012 also happens to be the 30th Anniversary of Orbis International.

You don't have to be a celebrity with the cache of James Bond in order to help out Orbis. The NGO accepts donations from anyone willing to help, from as little as £2 a month (which helps buy eye test charts) or a one-time donation of £19 to fund a cataract procedure. £75 can train a doctor. £125 will provide antibiotics for 500 children to prevent trachoma. (And all donations to Orbis are tax deductible).

[Photo: Jaunted Video: Omega and Orbis]

Archived Comments:

Love the old planes!

Well, that's a pretty cool reason to keep a DC-10 flying. It's one of my favorites - just because it looks cool even though I'd rather fly in a 777 any day. And I like the photo. Did you take it yourself?


Thanks! Yep--took the top photo myself during this year's Oshkosh Airshow, when the Orbis was parked for tours.