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Approved For Release 2004/05 B00285RO200050003-2 I Copy 9 of 12 18 JUL 1974 MEMORANDUM FOR: Director, CIA Reconnaissance Programs SUBJECT: Program Progress Report Forwarded herewith are four copies of the IDEALIST Program Progress Report for the period 1 April 1974 - 30 June 1974. 25X1 25X1 25X1 WENDELL/ VAN, Brigadier General, US Director of Special Attachments - 25X1 As stated NRO review(s) completed. 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2004 JB00285R0002000 yry~,{ySI ,/{,%CLUDED FROM IT~ DOWNGRADING NG 25X1 Approved For Reuse 2004/05/13 SECRE B00285 0200050003-2 25X1 25X1 aP ge Z 25X1 25X1 SAS/O/OSA: 5 - DDS&T Reg 6- D/SA 7- SAS/O/OSA 8 - IDEA/O/OSA 9 - INTEL/O/OSA 10 - D/M/OSA 11 - AMS/OSA 12 - RB/OSA Distribution! 1 - D/CRP 2 - D/CRP 3 - D/CRP 4 - D/CRP pproved For Release 2004/ (11 July 1974) iB00285R00020001 EXCLUDED FROM 0007:19C DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 Approved For Ruse 2004/01 25X1 25X1 IDEALIST OPERATIONAL SUMMARY AND STATUS (1 April 1974 - 30 June 1974) 25X1 25X1 25X1 period. Six of those alerted were flown as scheduled; two were A. Ten IDEALIST TACKLE missions were alerted during this cancelled by Project Headquarters due to adverse weather; All missions were planned to be flown no closer than nautica mu es to the China mainland coast. The following is a summary of the missions flown: 1. Mission C124C was flown on 11 April 1974 along the north central China coast from the Shantung Peninsula south to Shanghai. The mission employed the IIH" camera system. All aircraft systems operated normally and there were no observed threats to the aircraft. Seventy-two of the 99 pro- grammed targets and 27 bonus targets were covered on this mission. 2. Mission C154C used the "H" camera system and was flown on 26 April 1974 in the Swatow and Pratas Island areas. Because of target area weather, only four of 13 programmed targets were photographed. All systems operated normally during the mission. 3. Mission C164C was flown on 2 May 1974 along the north central China coast from Shantung south to Shanghai. The "H" camera system was used and 51 of the 63 programmed targets were covered. Forty-eight bonus targets were covered. There were no unusual occurrences and all systems operated normally. Ap proved For Release 2004/0 00285R000200050 OP"SECRET GR.QUP~I EXCLUDED FROM ~CiQ[A IIC DOWNGRADING AND DECIA5SIFICATION 25X1 25X1 Approved For Ruse 2004/0 25X1 25X1 25X1 Section 1 Page 2 4. Mission C174C used the "H" camera system and was flown in the Taiwan Strait area on 15 May 1974. A weather abort was made midway through the mission. Seven of the 78 programmed targets were covered plus two bonus targets. 5. Mission C184C was flown on 22 May 1974 in the Taiwan Strait area using the "H" camera system. The mission went as briefed and 44 of the 50 programmed targets were covered. Nine bonus targets were also covered. There were no unusual occurrences. 6. Mission C194C was flown on 24 May 1974 in the Port Arthur area of the north China coast. The mission employed the "'H" camera system. Forty-six of the 52 programmed targets plus 18 bonus targets were covered. All systems operated normally. proved For Release 2004/0 r~p'~~--yyrrlI,~Pq I EXCLUDED FROM TIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 25X1 25X1 A. BRAVE CREW - Four sorties were flown over Fort Hood, Texas, to provide the Department of the Army with photographic coverage of the JCS coordinated "Exercise BRAVE CREW 74. " Section 1 Page 3 25X1 25X1 B. Geological Survey - Four sorties were flown to provide photo- graphic coverage of selected CONUS sites for land use analysis by the Army Corps of Engineers. The following sorties were flown: Approved For Release 200 5B00285R000200050003-2 I%Nrr TOP SECRET 25X1 1. Oklahoma City - Three sorties. 2. Cuyahoga River, Ohio-Illinois River, Illinois - One sortie. C. COMPASS TRIP - One sortie was flown over the poppy field test site at Yuma, Arizona. D. C4B-3" Camera Test - Ten sorties were flown in support of the modified "'B" configuration. 25X1 25X1 GROUP 1 E:XC LUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING pproved For Release 2004 5B00285R000200 CAL 5651 FIC ATION 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved FcRelease 200, 75B002$ 8000200050003-2 25X1 Sec ion Page 4 III. PILOT AND AIRCRAFT STATUS (AS OF 30 JUNE 1 974) A. Detachment rrG" (Edwards AFB - North Base) 5X1 B. Detachment ""H" Aircraft Pilots Approved For Release 2004 05/13 - - P75B00285R00020d TOP SECRET UDFDFROM NGRAD NG q?IUFI/CITCx6oW AND DECLASSIFICATION 5X1 25X1 Approved Fo, Release 20T 75B00 8000200050003-2 I Section IDEALIST DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY AND PROGRESS (1 April 1974 - 30 June 1974) 25X1 2. Flight test and operational data are depicted below: 1 APR-30 JUN FLIGHTS 1 APR-30 JUN TIME 1 - 051 41 111.7 2 - 053 46 133.6 3 - 054 65 194.8 4 - 055 13 39.2 25X1 25X1 AIRFRAME U-ZR Flight Test and Operational Training Summary 1. IDEALIST Program accomplishments in U-ZR aircraft since introduction include 13, 524, 8 hours on 4, 168 sorties as of 30 June 1974. A. ""H" Mirror S/N 002: The new beryllium mirror ordered under Contract HY 3222 late in FY 1973 completed production during this quarter, and was formally accepted for the U. S. Government on 23 May 1974. Installation of this mirror into "14" configuration S/N 002 was completed on 18 June. Because of limited aircraft availability, flight qualification of sensor/mirror was delayed. Approximately five sorties are tentatively scheduled over a 2 week period in early July to qualify the "H" S/N 002 sensor system. Approved For Release 2004 UDEDFRM IOOZZWNG RADIO G AND DECLA551FICATION 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved Fo*IrRelease 201, 25X1 25X1 Section 2 Page 2 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 B. "B-3" S/N 229 and S/N 230 - Ten flight tests were conducted with SIN 229 during this quarter in an effort to demonstrate sensor performance ability to attain contractual specifications. During May, a modification to dampen internal sensor motion was made to S/N 229 in expectation that this would contribute to meeting specifications. Some improvement was evidenced from this modification; however, at quarter's end, both sensors continued to fail contractual specifications. A. Autopilot -- An engineering change proposal to modernize the article's rate gyros in order to provide a more stable platform was received from the contractor by the Depot in early June. After review, this engineering change proposal was accepted and acquisition of rate gyros to equip the entire fleet was initiated. A 12 to 14 month span is planned to complete retrofit actions. B. T-35 Tracker Camera - Light emitting diode (L. E. D.) prototype components to modify the T-35 tracker camera were obtained, and two successful flight tests at standard cycle rate (1 cy/30 seconds) were accomplished during this quarter. Final testing of the rapid cycle rate (1 cy/3 seconds) will occur in early July. The results of all testing will be provided to the Depot for continued action. Approved For Release 20 ,~ 75B00285R00020q UDEDFROM M M19-0WNG RAD NG AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/05/13 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000200050003-2 Approved For Release 2004/05/13 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000200050003-2 25X1 TOP SECRET Approved Fd#Release 200 - P75B0020R000200050003-2 eft ion 2 Page 4 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 4. The contract with Lovelace Clinic at Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be terminated as of 1 August 1974. The Lovelace Clinic has performed annual physicals on Project pilots for many years. B. Life Support Activities AMS/OSA, visited David Clark Company, Worcester, Massachusetts, 30 April - 1 May 1974. The purpose of the visit was for orientation and update on the latest life support equipment. Also discussed was a shark screen presently under consideration as a survival item. 2. also visited the School of Aviation Medicine (SAM), Brooks AFB, Texas, from 3 - 6 June 1974 to participate in discussions with SAM personnel I regarding a follow-on proto- type of the helmet. The new helmet will incorporate many new modifications and will be funded by SAM research and Air Force SPO funds. Additional meetings pertaining to the new helmet will be held with NASA/SAM and research work will be continued at Brooks AFB, Texas. Approved For Release 20@Ngfig k. 75B00285R00020 GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM G50p034WNGRAGING AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 25X1 Approved FoQRelease 20TQE P 758002000200050003-2 25X1 Section Z Page 5 25X1 C. Scientific Conference - The annual Aerospace Medical Associ- ation Scientific Meeting was held in Washington, D.C., 6 - 9 May 1974 25X1 with lattending. 25X1 Approved For Release 20Q,4t.0.511 3. -.CIA pgQil~75B00285R00020q OW 14WNG RADIO G AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1