Link Trainer Instructors also got a “ratings description” booklet which told them of the details of the job. Jean Clark’s booklet has her name typed on the front cover.
One of the things they trained pilots was in a skill known as a “square search”:
The go up in the air, some of these 90 day wonders (officers trained in 90 days), they’re flying around on a flight, wherever they’re going and they come back. They can see the field and make a landing. OK. Another day they go out and they go out and it fogged in. They can’t see the field. And they can really get into trouble. So we had to teach them what they call the square search. Where they were to fly in a direction for one minute and make a turn and fly, a left turn and fly in another direction until they could finally spot the field. If they were lost in the fog and didn’t know where they were and were coming down and didn’t see it. That was mainly extra protection to keep them from flying into a mountain.
This booklet comes from the collection of Jean Clark.