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A total of seven L749A Constellations were used by the Search and Rescue (Section Aérienne de Recherches) Squadron of the French Air Force (L' Escadron Aérien de Reserche et de Sauvetage, no. 99, de l'Armée de l'Air) between 1960 and 1969. The Connies flew with civil registrations, as they were owned by the government agency - the SGACC (Secrétariat Général à l'Aviation Civile et Commerciale, but were based at the military base of Toulouse-Francazal (Base aérienne 101) and were flown by military crews. The Connies' operations ranged from France throughout the Mediterranean and North / West Africa as far as over the Atlantic to Brazil, and Nouméa in New Caledonia in the South Pacific.

On the withdrawal of the Constellation fleet on 31 December 1969, no specialized replacement aircraft was used, but Search and Rescue duties have been become the tasks of other French Navy aircraft.

Version c/n Registration Period
749A 2514 F-BAZJ 1961 - 1969
  2528 F-BAZY 1961 - 1969
  2545 F-BAZM 1961 - 1969
  2547 F-BAZO 1961 - 1969
  2550 F-BAZP 1961 - 1969
  2625 F-BAZF 1964 - 1968
  2629 F-BAZT 1960 - 1969
2629_F_BAZT_L749_SAR_TAMANRASSET_1964_29211109_JACQUES_GUILLEM

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