Sahara Sands



A Memoir of a young man right out of college:

The company I worked for, Fairchild Aerial Surveys, essentially helped to first map the world in the 1950s and 1960s. The story begins with my first training job as a photo analyst on Polaris Missile testing in Washington D.C. and moves rapidly on to aerial geophysical survey work in North Africa and an oceanography survey in the Persian Gulf.

Those peaceful years contrast sharply with the chaos and tragedies in the Middle East today. My observations and experiences are told through travels and what may be the only practical history of how aerial surveys were conducted prior to satellite technology.                             Enjoy the history and the personal.



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