El Centro
El Centro

US Navy base El Centro, outer perimeter at dawn parameter. 

Ocotillo Wells
Ocotillo Wells

Ocotillo Wells is an unincorporated community in San Diego County, California. It is 3 miles west of the Imperial County line on State Route 78 at an elevation of 163 feet.

Grid
Grid

Fields over San Diego County, California.

Home
Home

Heading back to El Centro at dusk.

Tracks
Tracks

Dirt roads and trailers, California.

Intersection
Intersection

Roads meet in a triangle, a view from a Merlin helicopter flying over San Diego County, California. 

Jo
Jo

An armourer waiting for his helicopter to land.

By Night
By Night

MAOTs - Mobile Air Operation Team on a night landing site recce.

Landing Lights
Landing Lights

Army MAOT setting up chemical land lights in the desert. Illuminated by their patrol vehicle headlights. 

Cyalume
Cyalume

Cyalume chemical light being dropped in place by an Army MAOT member.

Waiting
Waiting

Army MAOT waiting for orders.

Dust
Dust

Merlin helicopter landing in the desert.

MAOTs
MAOTs

Caught in a down draft two MAOT member await the incoming helicopter. In the UK MAOTs consist of a two - three person mobile team that provides radio communications and Support Helicopter support to forward Battle Groups.

Landing
Landing

Merlin helicopter about to touch down in the desert.

Release
Release

RAF Merlin dropping its cargo at Ocotillo Wells, California.

Dust Cloud
Dust Cloud

The down draft from an RAF Merlin in the desert.

White
White

MAOT ground team providing a target for a Merlin helicopter on reconassance manouvers.

Avoid
Avoid

MAOT officer trying to avoid detection from a helicopter. Training operation, California. 

Kit
Kit

MAOT Cpl checking equipment inside his vehicle.

Above
Above

The Merlin helicopter will pass over the MAOT and wait for them to attach a training load to the underneath.

Aircrew
Aircrew

Helicopter Aircrew training. 

Inspection
Inspection

Army MAOT inspecting a load after delivery by helicopter.

Carry
Carry

Merlin coming into land with a load.

Attacthment
Attacthment

Working as a pair the two Army MAOTs attach a load to the underneath of a hovering helicopter.

Go
Go

Aircrew confirming the attachment of a load, attached by the MAOT below the helicopter.

Stones
Stones

Stones, dust and debris flying through the air in the backwash of a Merlin.

Experience
Experience

Aircrew training.

Recon
Recon

Air crew identifying ground locations.

Run
Run

MAOT member running to check a delivered load before re-collection.

Over The Desert
Over The Desert

RAF Photographic Competition winning photograph.

Spotter
Spotter

Aircrew identifying a location for a landing.

Gunner
Gunner

Rear Merlin gunner.

RAF Merlin HC3
RAF Merlin HC3

Flying over San Diego Country, California. 

Taxi
Taxi

Aircraft returning to its designated landing position, El Centro Naval Base. 

Night
Night

Waiting for take off, night flying exercise.

From The Desert
From The Desert

MAOT completing a days work.

El Centro
Ocotillo Wells
Grid
Home
Tracks
Intersection
Jo
By Night
Landing Lights
Cyalume
Waiting
Dust
MAOTs
Landing
Release
Dust Cloud
White
Avoid
Kit
Above
Aircrew
Inspection
Carry
Attacthment
Go
Stones
Experience
Recon
Run
Over The Desert
Spotter
Gunner
RAF Merlin HC3
Taxi
Night
From The Desert
El Centro

US Navy base El Centro, outer perimeter at dawn parameter. 

Ocotillo Wells

Ocotillo Wells is an unincorporated community in San Diego County, California. It is 3 miles west of the Imperial County line on State Route 78 at an elevation of 163 feet.

Grid

Fields over San Diego County, California.

Home

Heading back to El Centro at dusk.

Tracks

Dirt roads and trailers, California.

Intersection

Roads meet in a triangle, a view from a Merlin helicopter flying over San Diego County, California. 

Jo

An armourer waiting for his helicopter to land.

By Night

MAOTs - Mobile Air Operation Team on a night landing site recce.

Landing Lights

Army MAOT setting up chemical land lights in the desert. Illuminated by their patrol vehicle headlights. 

Cyalume

Cyalume chemical light being dropped in place by an Army MAOT member.

Waiting

Army MAOT waiting for orders.

Dust

Merlin helicopter landing in the desert.

MAOTs

Caught in a down draft two MAOT member await the incoming helicopter. In the UK MAOTs consist of a two - three person mobile team that provides radio communications and Support Helicopter support to forward Battle Groups.

Landing

Merlin helicopter about to touch down in the desert.

Release

RAF Merlin dropping its cargo at Ocotillo Wells, California.

Dust Cloud

The down draft from an RAF Merlin in the desert.

White

MAOT ground team providing a target for a Merlin helicopter on reconassance manouvers.

Avoid

MAOT officer trying to avoid detection from a helicopter. Training operation, California. 

Kit

MAOT Cpl checking equipment inside his vehicle.

Above

The Merlin helicopter will pass over the MAOT and wait for them to attach a training load to the underneath.

Aircrew

Helicopter Aircrew training. 

Inspection

Army MAOT inspecting a load after delivery by helicopter.

Carry

Merlin coming into land with a load.

Attacthment

Working as a pair the two Army MAOTs attach a load to the underneath of a hovering helicopter.

Go

Aircrew confirming the attachment of a load, attached by the MAOT below the helicopter.

Stones

Stones, dust and debris flying through the air in the backwash of a Merlin.

Experience

Aircrew training.

Recon

Air crew identifying ground locations.

Run

MAOT member running to check a delivered load before re-collection.

Over The Desert

RAF Photographic Competition winning photograph.

Spotter

Aircrew identifying a location for a landing.

Gunner

Rear Merlin gunner.

RAF Merlin HC3

Flying over San Diego Country, California. 

Taxi

Aircraft returning to its designated landing position, El Centro Naval Base. 

Night

Waiting for take off, night flying exercise.

From The Desert

MAOT completing a days work.

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