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The Cycle of SAR Operations on Land and Sea

Charts and article (PDF)

In the August-September 1946 issue of Air Sea Rescue Bulletin, two charts were included which illustrated the cycle of search and rescue operations on land and at sea.

Search and rescue (or SAR) had been conceived by the military during World War II to save personnel and machines in order to carry on the war effort. From a wartime exigency, SAR developed into an efficient network of communications, ocean station vessels, and rescue coordination centers.

The SAR Cycle of Operations on Land:

SAR Cycle on land illustration

The brief article accompanying the charts emphasized the importance of cooperation and communication for successful search and rescue. The article also highlighted SAR's place in the international arena, noting that SAR is the joint responsibility of all nations and that it made "available an important instrument with which to improve friendliness and good-will between the nations of the world."

The SAR Cycle of Operations on Sea:

SAR Cycle at Sea illustration

A PDF of the article and charts is available.

From the Jerome Lederer Papers, part of the Flight Safety Foundation Jerry Lederer Aviation Safety Library (MS-016).