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Approved For Release 2006/11/06: CIA-RDP75B00159R000400150035-4 Approved For Release 2006/11/06: CIA-RDP75B00159R000400150035-4 Approved For Release 2006/ t5BOO159R000400150035-4 9242-4-73 Copy 5 of 12 11 APR 1973 MEMORANDUM FOR: Director, CIA Reconnaissance Programs SUBJECT: Program Progress Report Forwarded herewith are three copies of the IDEALIST Program Progress Report for the period 1 January 1973 - 31 March 1973. Director of Special Activities Brigadier General, U$F WE NDELL`L. BE VAN, Attachment As stated 16413- 73) Impossible to Determine TOP SECRET GROUP I: EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION .Approved For ReJase 2006 IP: SttMr B00159 R-QO0400150035-4 I p242-4- 73 age C/SAS/O/OSA 9 April 1973) Distribution: 1 - D/CRP 2 - D/CRP. 3 D/CRP 4- DDS&T Reg 5 - D/SA 6- SAS/O/OSA 7 - D/O/OSA 8 - IDEA/O/OSA 9 - INTEL/ O/ OSA 10 - D/M/OSA 11 - AMS/OSA 12 - RB/OSA TOP SECRET GROUP I. EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION IDEALIST OPERATIONAL SUMMARY AND STATUS (1 January 1973 - 31 March 1973) OPERATIONAL MISSION SUMMARY IIDEALIST TACKLE operational missions were alerted during this period. ere flown- two were cancelled by Proier- 25x1 Headauarters for weather, All missions were planned to be flown no closer than 25x1 nautical miles to the China mainland coast. Following is a summary of these missions: 1. Mission C013C was flown on 4 January 1973 along the central China coast from Shanghai, south to Quemoy. This was an island search mission using the "B" camera. Due to 95 percent cloud cover X targets were covered. COMIREX targets were covered. 2, Mission C043C, planned for island coverage along the central China coast, was flown on 31 January 1973. Weather again precluded coverage of all programmed targets; however, 16 programmed and six bonus COMIREX as well as nine non- 3. Mission C053C was flown in the Port Arthur area on 24 February 1973. Photo interpretability was fair and 54 targets were covered, 15 of which were bonus. OF SECRET Approved For R&ase 2006/t BOO 159 RQ00400150035-4 16413-73 Section 1 GROUP 1: EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION -Approved For Release -2006/11/06::.?CIA-RDP75B00159R0004001500354-ti.----- =---~--- Approved For Re L _J413-73 Section 1 Page 2 5. Mission C093C was flown in the Taiwan Straits area on 22 March 1973. Photographic coverage obfiined of 42 tar ets 38 of whi h were proLyram~ 'd "H" camera. These missions were planned to approach no closer than 12 nautical miles from the mainland or offshore islands. Excessive cloud cover and heavy haze conditions combined with some processing anomalies resulted in less than anticipated coverage of this area. to obtain standoff photography of coastal North Vietnam with the B. Two missions were flown . 6. Mission C103C was flown on 27 March 1973 along the central China coast north from Quemoy to Shanghai. Photo- graphic coverage was obtained of 107 ch were COMIREX. ase 2006/ttyp: s tr B00159RaD0400150035-4 1. Mission S013E was flown on 30 March 1973. Excessive cloud cover and haze were encountered after three photo flight lines and the mission was aborted. 2. Mission S023E, flown on 31 March 1973, was aborted for weather after completing four photo flight lines. II A. F1 RED DOT - Eight sorties were flown in s-upport of contin- uing film tests using various film types configurations. GROUP I: EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION Approved For Rase 2006/ 1 0 P.QQ04OO15OO35-4 25X1 I413- 73 Section 1 Page 3 Pilot Training - The Detachment Commander ompleted eight low altitude training sorties in the U-ZR. 25X1 E. II "B" Lens - Two qualification flights were flown with the modified "B" configuration. F. LJ COMPASS TRIP - Seven sorties were. flown to complete the multi-sensor coverage of controlled poppy growth in Puerto Rico. Two sorties were flown with black and white film, three with color, and two used the multi-spectral system. McCoy AFB, Florida was used as an operating location. 25X1 25X1 25X1 A. Detachment ' G" (Edwards AFB - North Base) Aircraft 2 U-2R Pilots PILOT AND AIRCRAFT STATUS (AS OF 31 MARCH 1973) TOP SECRET GROUP I: EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION Approved For Release 2006/11/06: CIA-RDP75B00159R000400150035-4 Approved For Release 2006/11/06: CIA-RDP75B00159R000400150035-4 Approved For Release 2006/11/06: CIA-RDP75B00159R000400150035-4 Approved For Release 2006j1 : B00159RQ00400150035-4 41 n 2 B. U-ZR Flight Test and Operational Training Summary 1. IDEALIST Program accomplishments in U-ZR aircraft since introduction include 10, 681. 7 hours on 3, 290 sorties as of 31 March 1973. 2. Flight test and operational data are depicted below: 1 JAN-31 MAR FLIGHTS 1 JAN-31 MAR TIME 1 - 051 50 127.8 2 - 053 52 134.8 3 - 054 62 168.4 4 - 055 44 155.3 25X1 TOTAL 208 586.3 GROUP I: EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION IDEALIST DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY AND PROGRESS (1 January 1973 - 31 March 1973) A. J-75P13B Engine - The installation of improved third stage turbine blades to increase engine life expectancy continued. During .this quarter new blades were installed in nine engines, making a total of 31 completed. Additionally, an improved first stage turbine blade is available through commercial sources. This improved blade has been installed in one engine. Action is in process to procure and install two additional sets to test durability. It is anticipated that this modification will permit the extension of Hot Section Inspection (HSI) an additional 100 hours and Time Between Overhauls (TBO) an addi- tional 200 hours. If this proves true, improved first stage blades will be installed in the remaining engines. Approved For Rase 2006I - PAYLOAD Et 413-73 Section 2 Page 2 A. "H" Configuration - The new lens installed in "H" Serial. Number 002 produced unsatisfactory results during flight test for qualification. The configuration was returned to the contractor's facility for engineering evaluation in early December. At the end of the quarter it was still in the plant. B. 01B" Configuration - The first B-3 system incorporating the new apochromatic f/8 lens was delivered on 23 March 1973. This lens satisfied the bench specification testing requirements prior to installation in the camera system. The first test flight of the B-3 was 27 March 1973. C. Delta Research Camera - OSA is providing technical and 25X1 contractual support to OSP and the NRO for the acquisition of a second f/3. 5 apochromatic lens and variab t modifications to the scan heads of the Delta camera. A fixed price contract has been 25X1 accepted for the lens. OSA involvement is expected to continue until the fourth quarter of FY 1974. TOP SECRET BOO159#0400150035-4 GROUP I. EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION i Ao roared-For.Release.,20.06/11/06.:._CIA-R.DPZ5BOO159RQ00400-150f73.5,4_ Approved For Rose 2006/-~ B00159Ro0400150035-4 413-73 Section 2 Page 3 AERO MEDICAL AND LIFE SUPPORT ACTIVITIES Medical Activities the USAF Surgeon General's Office for analysis. Reports have not yet been received. 1. COMPASS TRIP - In February C/AMS , served as Detachment Flight Surgeon at McCoy AFB, Florida for the final COMPASS TRIP deployment. He was also able to visit the SAC Life Support facilities during this period. 2. Alcohol Stud Far East - Based on information that 25X1 had been found to contain wood alcohol, U1 1U popularly consume alcoholic 25X1 beverages were obtained from the field and su ml e o TSD and TOP SECRET GROUP I: EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION Approved For ReLease 2006/ BOO 159 0400150035-4 49- 413-73 Section 2 Page 4 6. a. Ihas been nominated by the USAF for a desirable overseas assignment prior to completion of his tour with OSA. Gen. Bevan had indicated his approval providing certain requirements were met. The Air Force nominee for replacement has been interviewed. is resigning to enter a "Physician's Assistant" Course at the University of Oklahoma. c. I Detachment "G" graduated from the first class of a new USAF Senior NCO Staff College at Gunter AFB,. Alabama. B. I Life Support Activities 1. "Survival Weapon - The first of 26 new 22-caliber survival weapons was delivered to Headquarters on 1 March. This weapon has been test fired at Ft. Meade, Maryland, and appears to be completely acceptable as a survival aid for packing in the U-ZR seat kit. GROUP I: EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION Agency Medical Technician Approved For Rase 2006/ Tap: 16413-73 Section Z Page 5 2. Automatic Seat Kit - The terrain radar sensing device feasibility study is present y 40 percent complete. The design engineering section indicates that the concept is sound and the only major constraint to date is in the area of miniatur- ization and packaging. Test flights from a helicopter will begin during the next quarter. 3. " S1010 Pilot Protective Assembly (PPA) Prototype Helmet - The first flyable model of the 51010 pressure suit helmet was delivered during March 1973 along with a modified pressure suit to mate with it. This suit was from bonded stock and sized to accommodate at least a portion of the current pilots for short flights. Test flying will begin during the fourth quarter of FY 1973 to determine pilot acceptability. 4. II RQ-225 Parachute Repack - Headquarters Life Support is considering a personal parachute repack capability for Detachment "H". At the present time five parachutes are kept operationally ready at the detachment and when due repack, which is every 90 days, they are shipped via commercial air to Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, California. A Protective Equipment Technician who is a Master Parachutist and has previous experience in parachute repacking, has recently been assigned to Detachment "G" for further assignment to Detachment "H". If his packing technique proves to be acceptable, a considerable savings in transportation costs would be gained. Additionally, the 10 days of-transit and customs delays would be eliminated. Training Activities 1. Water Survival Trainin - Water trainin was conducted 25X1 at th indoor swimming pool for raining was accomplished in the standard low flight equipment and the PPA full pressure suit, survival kit, and one man liferaft. ilots also received initial training in drown-proofing. TOP SECRET GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION Approved For Release 2006/top: S E15B00159 0400150035-4 1 1 4 413-73 Section 2 Page 6 2. Physiological Training at Detachment "G" - Physio- logical training, pressure suit chambe decomi)ressions were accomplished byrLli2l Both suits required some factory rework for proper fit. This has been completed and the suits are now in place at Detachment "G". 25X1 3. Arctic Survival Training - The Officer accompanied the Detachment "G' on his initial Arctic survival training exercise conducted in January 1973 in the Sierra Mountains of California. 25X1 TOP SECRET GROUP I: EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION --Approved For Release 2006/11/06 ::CIA- RDP75B00159R000400150035=4-- --