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The Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) is an Englishmarker charity basedin the United Kingdommarker. It provides air ambulance services across the North of England from the Scottish border south to North Yorkshire in the east and Cumbriamarker in the west. It currently operates three helicopters, one based at the Defence Training Area near Otterburn, Northumberlandmarker, one near Penrith, Cumbriamarker and one at Durham Tees Valley Airportmarker.


As part of a fundraising drive, Great North Air Ambulance temporarily handed off a teddy bear named Terence to the Royal Air Force. Over several months the RAF sent back pictures of Terence, including several from Iraqmarker and of the bear flying a Lockheed U-2.

During the first Ansari X Prize flight of SpaceShipOne (SpaceShipOne flight 16P), inanimate cargo was used to meet the prize requirements. Among the cargo was Terence. Terence was expected to be auctioned off after landing, but no confirmation of his sale is available.


The Great North Air Ambulance operates three aircraft, based across northern England. It is one of only two air ambulance services in the UK to operate three aircraft, the other being County Air Ambulance.

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