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May 14, 1959
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Approved For Release 200 ptft:,rCIA-RDP600313A000600030038-2 C iAL- 0667 Copy 4 of 6. 14 May 1959 MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD UBJECT : Trip Report-- European Visit by Col. Burke. 26 April - 9 May 1959 25X1 25X1 The following are highlights of my trip to Germany, Adana, a. Gercna Agreement was reached with. USAF & Head uarters with regard to the earliest timing for the relocation of I las well as the system to be used to assure continuing advice and air support assistance for the European stations. The schedule assures some CIA-owned equipment in place in Germany through 15 August 1959. 25X1A The unit goes to considerable effort to ensure that its living and working are* is superior to that of the rest of the base. In this regard as well as In industrial housekeeping and flight line maintenance the unit is outstanding. Aircraft his tortes and maintenance records are the best I have observed. Camera histories and records, although not in effect for the same length of time, are excellent. Mission planning, briefing and debriefing are the best I have observed since I have been in the Air Force and copies of the detailed system used are being pouched to headquarters for dissemination to the other detachments for their use. Deficiencies. One tracker camera has never functioned properly. I pointed out that it was I responsi- bility to either make it work or return it to the factory. ACTION: This camera, as well as one in the same condition at I I will be returned to Parkin- Elmer. It was felt that the A-i camera should be retired and placed in storage. ACTION: Message to be sent to accomplish this objective. USAF review(s) completed. Operational LOP's were not up to date but were brought ApjjpYg i-41iFdd49fijk 3/;8 : CIA-RDP63-00313A000600030038-2 SECREt 25X1 25X1A Approved For Release 2003/09/29;,CIA-RDP6 00313A000600030038-2 Time pads Inserted by the unit in the "Fast Move Concept,' duplicated similar pads in the headquarters plan- it was agreed that the unit gads would be removed and that a good weather concept be agreed with additional pads for poor weather deployment forecasts. I noted an absence of pilot write-ups on the aircraft and urged pilots to write every detail up so that trends on equipment weaknesses could be followed closely. The tendency has been for pilots to informally advise crew chiefs of small discrepancies. Col. Besrli emphasized the need for each pilot to accomplish the forms in a thorough manner. The aircraft fuel consumption is well below that of the flight handbook. Many factors are involved. such as additional modifications, paint and rough surfaces, engine performance. etc.. but the principal one is likely to be pilot operation--not going high enough and therefore losing range. Since all pilots have been experiencing the eeact same trouble, I have asked Operations to contact Mr. Johnson's people to reaffirm range characteristics. Morale. Col. Bserlt is a dynamic leader and there is 25X1 A enormous pride in the unit and its record. pilots share this spirit at this point and training results con- firmed by tracker analysis indicate outstanding pilot performance. I feel that this unit is as good as it will ever be. A major problem in the future will be to continue the high competence it now has. Housi I looked at the housing in town and although I feel it is adequate, I would much prefer to have at least the pilots and their families on the bass. There have been incidents which have occurred due to Turkish/Middle Eastern disapproval of the freedom American women enjoy. One serious incident has already occurred with no security damage, but at any time I believe others could occur which might endanger the security of the project and our status in Turkey. Therefore, if the 3-75 accomplishes its objective of prolonging the life of the U-8. additional trailers should be installed on the base. A study lee now being made to determine adequacy of water, sewage, and electricity on base for additional trailers. Approved For Release 2003/09tk &I-: OP63-00313A000600030038-2 Approved For Release 2003/01-RDP63-00313A000600030038-2 25X1 stilts WILLIAM BURKE Colonel. USAF Acting Chief. I)PD- I D/ P cc: #L/P Distr: Cy 1 - A/Ch/tPD 2 _ DD/P 3 - Ch/Adrnin/UPD(circulate to Sections) 4 - Ch/0ps / UPU(circulat* to Sections) - - Ch/Mat/DPD(circnlate to Sections) 6 - CHAL Chron/hh Approved For Release 2003/09/29 : C - 3-00313A000600030038-2