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TOP SECRET 1 7 JAN 1973 Approved For RoWase 2004/05/13 : CIA-RDP7 00285FWb200050021-2 25X1 25X1 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 October 1972 - 31 December 1972. 25X1 B EVAN, Brigadier General, USAF Director of Special Activities 25X1 As stated NRO review(s) completed. 25X1 25X1. 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/05-f(DPE1SEURLq00285R000200050 TOP SECRET Approved For RMadse 2004/05/13: CIA-RDP75 00285F 200050021-2 I I Page SAS/O/OSA 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 App (8 January 1973) roved For Release 2004/05/T1ORI/sEINU00285R000200050 (Y-xI 25X1 25X1 25X1 TOP SECRET IDEALIST OPERATIONAL SUMMARY AND STATUS (1 October 1972 - 31 December 1972) 25X1' 25X1 25X1 25X1 I Approved For Remise 2004/054'13 : CIA-RDP75$00285Rft9 200050021-2 25X1 1. I (OPERATIONAL MISSION SUMMARY IDEALIST/TACKLE operational missions were alerted during this period. were flown, one was cancelled by Project Head- quarters for weather. All missions were planned to be flown no closer than 25 nautical miles to the China mainland coast. Following is a summary of missions completed: 1. Mission C342C was flown on 5 October 1972 off the central China coast from the Shantung Peninsula south to Shanghai. Photo interpretability was fair, however, 70 of 85 programmed targets, 19 bonus COMIREX and five bonus non-COMIREX targets were covered for a total of 94 targets covered. 2. Mission C352C, flown on 6 October 1972, covered targets along the south China coast and the eastern coast of Hainan Island. Photo interpretability was fair and 75 targets were covered of 25X1! which 45 were bonus. 25X1 25X1 25X1 3. Mission C362C, flown on 12 October 1972, covered targets along the north China coast with primary target interest in the area of the Shantung Peninsula. Cloud cover was estimated at 1%, resulting in coverage of 71 targets, of which 59 were programmed, and 12 were bonus. 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 Hi N Appr ved For Release 2004/05 0285R000200050 X'XXNX TOP SECRET Approved For,.Release 2004/05/13 : CIA-RDIp75BO028oR000200050021-2 25X1 25X1 25X1 Section 1 Page 2 7. Mission C402C, flown on 18 November 1972, covered targets along the southern coast of the Shantung Peninsula and south to Shanghai. A total of 91 targets were covered of which 75 were programmed and 16 were bonus. 8. Mission C422C, flown on 20 December 1972, was designed to provide photo coverage of all offshore islands from Shantung south to the Taiwan Straits. Deteriorating weather precluded photo coverage of all but the northern portion of the route. 25X1 25X1 25X1 GENERAL A. ^ RED DOT - Three sorties were flown in support of continuing film tests using various film types and camera configurations. 25X1 C. " Lens - Ten sorties were flown to test the second color corrected lens for the "H" configuration. Two sorties were flown as base line tests for the color corrected "tB" lens. D. BLUE GULL - T-2 training was accomplished for two U-2 pilots at Pensacola, Florida, NAS. A4 proved For Release 200 25X1 TOP SECRET Approved Foc pelease 2004/05/13 : CIA-RD975BO02$5R000200050021-2 25X1 25X1 Section I Page 3 E. Pilot Trainin - completed initial 25X1 qualific a ion t raining r operational duties. 25X1 The Commander of Detach ment bega n U- i cation training with estimated completion during the third quarter. He will qualify for low altitude flight only. F. " Multi-Spectral - Two sorties were flown to accomplish qualification testing of a multi-spectral sensor for use in the COMPASS TRIP program. G. "SCOPE SAINT VI - The Edwards Detachment conducted an exercise deployment of one U- 2R Two training sorties were accomplished, followed by redeployment to Edwards AFB, California. H. I I COMPASS TRIP - Eleven sorties were flown providing multi-sensor coverage of controlled poppy growth in Puerto Rico. The color, black and white, and multi-spectral imagery will be used in an attempt to develop a photo interpretation key for use with satellite imagery. McCoy AFB, Florida, is used as an operating location. 1PILOT AND AIRCRAFT STATUS (AS OF 31 DECEMBER 1972) A. Detachment "G" (Edwards AFB - North Base) Aircraft 2 U-ZR Pilots pproved For Release 2004 08 5B00285R000200 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved For?Release 200 ,165, 13 . - 75BOO28W000200050021-2 IDEALIST DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY AND PROGRESS (1 October 1972 - 31 December 1972) 25JC1 2. Flight test and operational data are depicted below: 1 OCT-31 DEC 1 OCT-31 DEC FLIGHTS TIME A. J-75P13B Engine - The installation of improved third stage turbine blades to increase engine life expectancy has continued during this quarter. Additionally, improved first stage turbine blades have been developed and will be installed in all engines as overhauls become due, and new blades become available. Engine Serial Number 612609 was the first to be modified with new first stage blades on 3 November 1972. B. U-ZR Flight Test and Operational Training Summary 1. IDEALIST Program accomplishments in U-ZR aircraft since introduction include 10, 094. 9 hours on 3082 sorties as of 31 December 1972. 1- 051 44 114. 2 2-053 44 121.6 3 - 054 42 184.2 4- 055 46 153.8 25X1 25X1 I Section A. 'HHt' Configuration - The new lens installed in "H" Serial Number 002 produced unsatisfactory results during flight testing and qualification. The configuration was returned to the contractorts 1 6142 ~pproved For Release 200 f5B00285R000200 25X1 25X1 RXUXTTXF2y`K7X{ KDX { 25X1 1's' XGXANNX mxmxxxxy 25X1 Approved FoRelease 200 25X1 Section Page 2 25X1 25X1 25X1 facility for engineering evaluation in early December, and should be available for flight testing again in January 1973. B. "B" Configuration - The first of two new F/8 lenses for the B-3 camera was ready for installation on 16 December 1972. The system will start flight test toward qualification during January/ February 1973. The second lens is scheduled for completion in March 1973. If this schedule holds, the camera will be flight tested during the fourth quarter. C. Camera - OSA will provide technical and contracture support to OSP and the NRO during the proposed acquisition of a second F3. 5 Apochromatic lens, and variable slit modifications to the scan heads of this camera. OSA involvement is expected to continue until the third quarter of FY 1974. Approved For Release 20 75B00285R00020 ECRET 25X1 IV.I I SUPPLY Section 2 Page 3 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25(1 2511 2501 25X1 A staff assistance visit was made to Detachment "H" during October 1972. Discussions with personnel and review of supply procedures, and audited records indicated an effective and efficient operation. TOP SECRET Approved For?Aelease 2004/05/13 : CIA-RD 75B002WO00200050021-2 AERO MEDICAL AND LIFE SUPPORT ACTIVITIES 1. I pffice of ELINT Briefing - The OSA Medical Staff presented medical briefings to OEL students on high altitude physiology. C/AMS/OSA, served as the attending flight surgeon during the low pressure chamber indoctrination flights. 25X1 25X1 pproved For Release 20041'0 :3 cJp '5B00285R000200 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved Fcelease 200 I Section Page 4 B. I ILife Support Activities 1. Low Flight Ventilation Unit - The redesigned ventilation inlet has now been incorporated into the low flight harness assembly. By doing this, the aircraft vent hose will be compatible with both the low flight vent unit and the 51010 Pilot Protective Assembly (PPA) Full Pressure Suit. 2. Olive-Green Nomex Fabric - The standard olive-green nomex fabric used to fabricate the outer cover of the S1010 PPA is no longer available. A new vendor has been located who can supply a similar nomex material of a slightly harder finish and this will be used on all future S1010 PPA outer covers. 3. Pilot Transfer Van - The Edwards AFB Physiological Support facility recently declared one of their pilot transfer vans excess and Detachment "I-I" Life Support has added it to their Stock List of Equipment. This will now satisfy the IDEALIST mission requirements, and it will be unnecessary to reclaim the transfer van previously loaned to the Air Force U-2 Program at Davis-Monthan AFB. 4. Automatic Seat Kit - A proposal submitted by 0 for improvement of the automatic seat kit hardware has been approved during this quarter. Both customers agree the effort is of great value and money was appropriated e ually from the Air Force U-2 and the IDEALIST Pro rams. is the subcontractorl for the design and R&D of the automatically deployment feature which will be added to the Standard U-ZR Survival Seat Kit. 5. Display - In early October 1972 the Cuban Missile Crisis display was opened at the CIA Headquarters Building. Included in this presentation was the entire Life Support Assembly worn and carried by the Agency U-2 pilots during their early missions over Cuban targets. Although much of the equipment is outdated and antiquated by today:s U-ZR standards, it does give an accurate historical account of Life Support equipment ten years ago. 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 pproved For Release 2004,E B00285R0002000 SECRET Approved Fo,elease 2004, 25X1 25X1 Section 2 Page 5 Training Activities 1. II Survival and Evasion Training at Detachment "H" - Refresher survival and evasion trainin was completed at Detachment "H" This training was conducted by two project survival instructors over a two week period. 2. I Survival and Flight Equipment (SAFE) Meeting - held in Phoenix, Arizona, the week of 1 October 1972. 25X1 pproved For Release 2004 attended the annual SAFE Association meeting RET 15B00285R0002000