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Approved For Tease 20041 P SECRE r"4111 75BOO283i1SO0300150002-1 25X1 25X1 Copy 11 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 Brigadier General, US Director of Special Acti\itles 25X1 pproved For Release 2004/ GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM B00285R0003001 9CLASSIFICA T [ION ING 25X1 Approved For Ruse 200410; B00285FW0300150002-1 25X1 25X1 SAS/O/OS Distribution: 1-D/CRP 2 - D/CRP 3 - D/CRP 4 - D/CRP 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 Approved For Release 20 age 2 (11 July 1974) LUDED FROM t o"P9 JO WNGRAO NG 25X1 TOP SECRET Approved Foriclease 2004 - 7580028"000300150002-1 25X1 25X1 IDEALIST OPERATIONAL SUMMARY AND STATUS (1 April 1974 - 30 June 1974) 25X1 OPERATIONAL MISSION SUMMARY A. Ten IDEALIST TACKLE missions were alerted during this 25X1 period. All missions were p anne to be flown no closer than 25 nautical miles to the China mainland coast. The following is a summary of the missions flown: 1. Mission C124C was flowni along the north central China coast from the Shantung Peninsula south to Shanghai. The mission employed the r'H" camera system. All aircraft systems operated normally and there were no observed threats to the aircraft. pro- grammed targets and 27 bonus targets were covered on this mission. 25X1 2. Mission C154C used the "H" camera system and was flown uin the Swa and Pratas Island areas. Because of target area weather, programmed targets were photographed. All systems operated normally during the mission. 3. Mission C164C was flowni along the north central China coast from Shantung south to Shanghai. The "H" camera system was used and programmed targets were covered. Forty-eight bonus targets were covered. There were no unusual occurrences and all systems operated normally. GROUP 1 FXCLUDFD FROM Approved For Release 2004 B00285R0003001 `Z10 DOWNGRADING 25X1 Cl ASSIFICATION 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved For tease 20041' hk3WP`151300281N00300150002-1 Section 1 Page 2 25X1 25X1 4. Mission C174C used the "H" camera sstem and - A was flown in the Taiwan Strait area 7 1 weather abort was made midway throug the mission. 0 targets. programmed targets were covered plus two bonus 5. Mission C184C was flown in the Taiwan Strait area using the "H" camera system. The mission went as briefed and rogrammed targets were covered. Nine bonus targets were also covered. There were no unusual occurrences. 6. Mission C194C was flowni in the Port Arthur area of the north China coast. The mission employed the "FH" camera system. programmed targets plus 18 bonus targets were covered. All systems operated normally. Approved For Release 2004 GROUP {~,I EEXCLUDLD FROM B00285R0003001 00 '24 DOWNGRADING AND D DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 TOP SECRET Approved For Fase 2004/0 r II I . - 5B00285RD?0300150002-1 Sec Page 3 25X1 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: 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. r"B-3" Camera Test - Ten sorties were flown in support of the modified r''B" configuration. Approved For Release 200 G ROODU~P ' EXCLUDED FROM B00285R0003001 0~02u1 DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 25X1 Approved For Rase 2004/ 25X1 25X1 Section 1 Page 4 PILOT AND AIRCRAFT STATUS (AS OF 30 JUNE 1974) A. Detachment 1'"G" (Edwards AFB - North Base) Aircraft rpproved For Release 2004 A-DrI B00285R0003001 1-UP btL.Ktf XCLUDEDF ROM DOWNGRADING ~1=4 ND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 5B00285WO0300150002-1 25X1 25X1 Approved For RWease 2004 IDEALIST DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY AND PROGRESS (1 April 1974 - 30 June 1974) 25X1 AIRFRAME U-2R Flight Test and Operational Training Summar 1. IDEALIST Program accomplishments in U-2R aircraft since introduction include 13, 524. 8 hours on 4, 168 sorties as of 30 June 1974, 2. Flight test and operational data are depicted below: 1 APR-30 JUN 1 APR-30 JUN FLIGHTS TIME 1 - 051 41 2 - 053 111. 7 46 133. 6 3-054 65 4 - 055 194.8 13 39. 2 25X1 25X1 25X1 TOTAL 165 PAYLOAD 479.3 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. 1974, Installation of this mirror into '.'H" configuration S/N 002 wa May s 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 OO2.lD FROM UOWNG RARING Approved For F!ase 2004 1B00285MOO300150002-1 Section 2 Page 2 B. "B-3" S/N 229 and SIN 230 - Ten flight tests were conducted with S/N 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. pproved For Release 2004 fB00285R0003001 r ap SECRE CLUDEDFROM T'15 DOWNGRADING I'=. ECIFICATION 25X1 25X1 25X1 TOP Approved For ReMase 2004/ '5 B00285 R4W0300150002-1 ec ion Page 3 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 vI IAERO MEDICAL AND LIFE SUPPORT ACTIVITIES A. Medical Activities 25X1 25X1 25 Approved For Release D FROM ^" Impa NG RAD NG 0 O~ Approved For RdWase 2004/ 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 1. AMS/OSA, visited David C ar 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. of aviation Medicine , Brooks AFB, Texas, from 3 - 6 June 1974 to participate in discussions with SA M i5B00285F 0300150002-1 Page 4 ec personnel and Air Lock Incorporated, regarding a follow-on proto- ype of t e Air Lock polycarbonate 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 2 M1A~IOW NG RA00M ROOF C LASS I FIC AT ION 25X1 Approved For ease 2004 11 75B00285R000300150002-1 "FO HER&T Section 2 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 attending, 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 20041 MI P015B00285R0003004a' ` SIFICAT$ON Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150002-1 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150002-1