US Navy base El Centro, outer perimeter at dawn parameter.
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.
Fields over San Diego County, California.
Heading back to El Centro at dusk.
Dirt roads and trailers, California.
Roads meet in a triangle, a view from a Merlin helicopter flying over San Diego County, California.
An armourer waiting for his helicopter to land.
MAOTs - Mobile Air Operation Team on a night landing site recce.
Army MAOT setting up chemical land lights in the desert. Illuminated by their patrol vehicle headlights.
Cyalume chemical light being dropped in place by an Army MAOT member.
Army MAOT waiting for orders.
Merlin helicopter landing in the desert.
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.
Merlin helicopter about to touch down in the desert.
RAF Merlin dropping its cargo at Ocotillo Wells, California.
The down draft from an RAF Merlin in the desert.
MAOT ground team providing a target for a Merlin helicopter on reconassance manouvers.
MAOT officer trying to avoid detection from a helicopter. Training operation, California.
MAOT Cpl checking equipment inside his vehicle.
The Merlin helicopter will pass over the MAOT and wait for them to attach a training load to the underneath.
Helicopter Aircrew training.
Army MAOT inspecting a load after delivery by helicopter.
Merlin coming into land with a load.
Working as a pair the two Army MAOTs attach a load to the underneath of a hovering helicopter.
Aircrew confirming the attachment of a load, attached by the MAOT below the helicopter.
Stones, dust and debris flying through the air in the backwash of a Merlin.
Air crew identifying ground locations.
MAOT member running to check a delivered load before re-collection.
RAF Photographic Competition winning photograph.
Aircrew identifying a location for a landing.
Rear Merlin gunner.
Flying over San Diego Country, California.
Aircraft returning to its designated landing position, El Centro Naval Base.
Waiting for take off, night flying exercise.
MAOT completing a days work.