The Apollo Class Teams utilize Grumman Albatross G111/HU-16 amphibious aircraft, a twin-engine seaplane with multi-role capabilities for takeoffs and landings from water, unpaved and paved runways.
The Apollo Teams are always deployed in two aircraft formations for redundancy and are primarily used for Reconnaissance and Search & Rescue operations while transporting MOTO+PARA Motormen™ into disaster and humanitarian “ground zero” areas. They evaluate and establish a safe and secure Forward Operating Base (FOB) to operate as close to Ground Zero of a disaster or humanitarian relief zone as possible. If possible, they clear and secure an adequate landing runway for the MOTO+PARA Hercules Teams™. However, if they are unable to do so, and the Hercules Teams are unable to land in or near the FOB, the Apollo Teams switch their “roles” and become secure transport relief aircraft for MOTO+PARA™ supported non-profit NGOs’ relief personnel and relief supplies into the established FOB. They also will extract evacuees when needed.
An Apollo Team is comprised of a five-person crew: (1) Combat Veteran Pilot, (1) Combat Veteran Co-Pilot, (1) Veteran U.S. Air Force Combat Controller (CCT), (2) SO Motormen™ (Veteran U.S. Navy SEAL, Marine FORECON or Marine Raider (crossed trained as Loadmasters).