Sumary of Former U.S intelligence officer reveals what it was like living on the secretive Diego Garcia base:
- Former U.S intelligence officer and P-3 Orion patrol plane pilot Bill Preston was posted to the highly secretive Diego Garcia U.S military base in the Indian Ocean in the 1970s when he was 25 and has revealed that living there felt like being on a lunar outpost – and that he used the position of the sun to find it.
- Recalling the journey to the remote 15-mile-long V-shaped atoll, which lays 1,796km (1,115 miles) south of India, the nearest continent, he tells MailOnline Travel: ‘My squadron, based in California, was deployed to the far east twice during my time in the navy.
- The picture above was snapped by Bill from his plane in 1977 Bill was first deployed to Diego Garcia in 1976 for six weeks as the resident intelligence briefing officer.
- ‘Bill says that Diego Garcia was a ‘typical equatorial atoll with dense ground vegetation thinly covered with palm trees’.
- Bill says that Diego Garcia was a ‘typical equatorial atoll with dense ground vegetation thinly covered with palm trees’.
- This was the type of plane Bill piloted The Diego Garcia airport control tower and ops building in 1976 This 1977 snap shows the exterior of Bill’s ‘shack’.