Non-emergent medical transport in the Gallup area began in the early 1980’s. Gallup Flying Service owned and operated by Jim Sheppard, utilized Cessna 414A twin engine aircraft to transport patients for Indian Health Services. With consideration to the rural demographics of New Mexico, Sheppard realized the limited availability of specialized services and began a partnership with the Navajo Nation and surrounding areas.

In May of 1996 the company grew into a regional fixed-wing, critical-care service and incorporated Gallup Med Flight as an LLC in partnership with Gallup Flying Service.

In September of 2011, Gallup Med Flight was purchased by Joseph L. Hunt. This change in ownership and management brought growth opportunities. In 2013, rotor-wing services were added to the Gallup base and a new fleet of King Air C90’s and Pilatus PC-12’s have replaced the Cessna 414’s. In 2019, Guardian Flight became part of the Global Medical Response family. As a Global Medical Response solution we are part of an extensive national footprint that delivers unprecedented access to definitive care.

Gallup Med Flight is dedicated to achieving our mission of providing care to the world at a moments notice and has served Gallup as well as the surrounding areas of Northern New Mexico and Arizona for many years. We are fully dedicated to the local healthcare network and understand better than any other air medical provider in the area how to operate successfully a program in such an amazing region.