Today (Wednesday 14 November), the day that the trip initially was about; the Photocall at NAF El Centro. We had to report here at half past one. After breakfast we went to the base and just stood in the approach for a while. Soon the first aircraft was on finals; it turned out to be a Hercules with ‘RAF 100’ years marking. We already saw several helicopters and Ospreys are so that looked promising. After checking in there were opportunities to eat BBQ-meat and buy patches. After the food, the (safety) briefing and introduction of the various volunteers came. The group was divided into two subgroups; blue and red. First blue went to the runway; the most distant runway. An aera was clearly marked along the runway by a white line and you had to stay behind it. Under the sheds many aircraft were parked, like Harriers. Unfortunately, only one flew. A local T-34C took off and did several touch and go’s. The temporarily based CH-53s and Osprey’s took the wrong runway on arrival and departure, so they were backlit. Fortunately, two Osprey’s took to the air via ‘our’ runway, but the best looking one was sky high… unfortunately. The many photographers next to the runway were not considered. The second Osprey did better. Because there was a broken Hornet from VMFAT-101 another one came to bring a pilot. The aircraft was now fixed and could leave again so we still had two F/A-18Ds on the runway. That was it and that was somewhat disappointing. What we could photograph was very good; especially the Harrier, T-34C, Osprey and two Hornets but that was it. Based on previous editions we had higher expectations fromn the photocall. The story went that many aircraft had cancelled, including several Hornets. After saying goodbye we went to our hotel in Eloy. We lost another hour, so time was flying by. Along the way we had a nice dinner and arrived at the hotel on time.