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M-UXL.PV ~7 25X1 25X1 Copy 11 of 12 15 OCT 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 July 1973 30 September 1973. 25X1 Brigadier General, U=SAF Director of Special Activities 25X1 Attachment As stated 25X1 25X1 Apptl GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM JUIOMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DFCLASSIFICATION 25X1 TOP SECRET Approved For Rele 2004/02/1 1: CIA-RDP75B 0285R00m0150011-1 Page Z 25X1 25X1 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 (12 October 1973) 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/02/ GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM t(0285R0003001500 DfDLCLAS SOWCNAGI 10 RAN ING Approved For Rele 12004/02/T1 IDEALIST OPERATIONAL SUMMARY AND STATUS (1 July 1973 - 30 September 1973) 25X1 25X1 ' 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 A. Nine IDEALIST TACKLE operational missions were alerted during this period.F-- a summary of the missions flown: JAII missions were planned to be flown no closer than Z5 nautical miles to the China mainland coast. The following is 25X1 3. Mission C283C was flowni along the south 25X1 China coast and Hainan Island. The mission was flown to collect SIGINT and photo information utilizing the "H" camera configuration. The pilot reported the weather to be worse than forecast and estimated 60 percent mission success. The Hainan and Fort Bayard areas were obscured by clouds. programs d 25X1 and five bonus non-COMIREX targets were p otographed. 25X1 25X1 GROUPI EXCLUDED FROM 25X1 App loved For Release 2004/02/1 - 285R00030015001 4111?MATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICAIION TOP SECRET Approved For Relehad 2004/02/1 - 00285R008iIMO0150011-1 Section 1 Page Z 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 4. Mission C303C was flown) (north of 25X1 Shanghai along the north central China coast. This mission was designed to collect SIGINT and photo information utilizing the "H" camera configuration. The mission was flown as briefed with no unusual activities or sightings reported. Weather was 25X1 reported as briefed with 40 percent mission success. 25X1 programmed targets, seven bonus COMIREX targets, and 14 bonus non-COMIREX targets were photographed. 25X1 to obtain standoff photography of coastal North Vietnam with the "H" camera configuration. This mission was planned to approach no closer than 12 nautical miles from the North Vietnam mainland or offshore islands. B. One mission was flown Mission S033E was flowni and provided the best peripheral coverage to date of the Vietnamese coastal areas. Coverage was obtained from northern Quang Tri province in South Vietnam to the Don Son peninsula in North Vietnam. The mission provided new or updated information on land and waterborne logistics routes, logistics support facilities, transshipment points and storage areas, SA-2 deployment, status of military barracks and airfields, and a limited amount of new ground order of battle information. The mission was flown as briefed with no unusual activities or sightings reported 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 A. L film test. RED DOT - One sortie was flown in support of continuing 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 I Approved For Release 2004/02/1 GROUPI EXCLUDED FROM _U OMATIC DOWNGRADING N~ DECLASSIFICATION Approved For Releb 2004/02/Ti 25X1 25X1 Section Page 3 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 C. I I B-3 Lens Test - Nine sorties were flown in support of the I configuration. "H" Lens Test - Five sorties were flown to test the mirror D. Qtallations. and lens photography comparison. F. Three sorties were flown to provide photography in support of this test program. G. " COMPASS TRIP - Five sorties were flown over the poppy ved For Release 2004/02/1 GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM IM11OMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 E. [A IRIS Hatch - Two sorties were flown to test fore and aft Approved For Release 2004/02TO I,&[ W00285R000300150011-1 25X1 25X1 Section 1 Page 4 PILOT AND AIRCRAFT STATUS (AS OF 30 SEPTEMBER 1973) A. Detachment "G" (Edwards AFB - North Base) B. Detachment '1H" Aircraft Pilots 25X1 25X1 App GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING oved For Release 2004/02 CI - 00285R000300150 ECLASSIFICATION 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/02 W 00285R000300150011-1 DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY AND PROGRESS (1 July 1973 - 30 September 1973) I AIRFRAME A. J-75P13B Engine Improvement 1. First and Third Stage Turbine Blades a. The feasibility of extending engine Hot Section Inspection (HSI) and Time Between Overhaul (TBO), as a result of improved first and third stage turbine blades, was indicated during the routine overhaul of the first of three engines in this test program. b. Evaluation of first stage turbine blades at approxi- mately 700 hours and third stage blades at 1400 hours produced highly satisfactory results. (1) First stage blades were totally free of leading edge cracks, were in very good condition, and no blades required replacement. The earlier blade had a replace- ment factor of up to 60 percent for cracks. (2) Third stage blades were found in good condition and no replacement blades were required. 2. Constant Speed Drive (CSD) Modification a. Three CSD units have been delivered to the contractor for use in a feasibility test program designed to obtain a CSD/Main AC generator system that will stay on line for low engine RPM used during final approach. GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING roved For Release 2004/02/ U W 0285R000300150 D E CLASSIFICATION 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved For Relea-2004/02/1 I 0285ROO 150011-1 Section Page 2 b. The CSDs will be reworked to permit incorporation of a new fixed wobbler prior to laboratory feasibility testing scheduled for December 1973. B. U-ZR Flight Test and Operational Training Summary 1. IDEALIST Program accomplishments in U-ZR aircraft since introduction include 11, 863.7 hours on 3664 sorties as of 30 September 1973. 2. Flight test and operational data are depicted below: 1 JUL-30 SEP 1 JUL-30 SEP FLIGHTS TIME I - 051 46 125. 0 2 - 053 48 132. 3 3 - 054 50 152. 1 4 - 055 44 183.7 25X1 25X1 TOTAL 188 593. 1 PAYLOAD A. UHIT Camera -- 1. During August the decision was made to remove the mirror from Detachment IIH11 configuration Serial Number 003 and install it in the thermally modified configuration Serial Number 002, located at the contractor's facility. 2. After five satisfactory test flights conducted between 27 and 31 August, Serial Number 002 was deployed to Detachment "I-II" on 4 September. Following continued flight testing, the configuration was declared Operationally Ready on 14 September 1973. roved For Release 2004/02 0285R000300150q GROUP 1 EXCLUDED FROM IIT.4IATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 TOP SECRET Approved For Releaiw2004/02/11 . - 0285R000Db150011-1 Section 2 Page 3 3. Serial Number 003 was then returned to the contractor's facility on 6 September for thermal modification and installation of a new mirror. This configuration is scheduled to enter flight testing early in November 1973. 1. On 19 Jul 1 73, Actron consulted with I uin an attempt to define thel cause of the ghost image anomaly evi enced on some photographic products. As a result of this consultation, the effects of air density across the hatch windows became a candidate for serious consideration. 2. Lockheed developed a method for instrumenting the "'H" hatch to measure this environmental effect, and two flight tests were conducted to acquire operational data. This data is currently being evaluated by Actron. 1. Serial Number 229 was returned to the contractor's plant on 13 July 1973 because its performance did not meet contract specifications. Contractor evaluation indicated that platen recontouring would be necessary to bring the configuration up to customer requirements. Recontouring is being accomplished, and Serial Number 229 is scheduled to reenter flight testing late in October 1973. 2. Serial Number 230 experienced accidental dropping while being loaded into the Q Bay and was returned to the contractor's facility on 24 July for repair. Repair work was completed and the configuration resumed flight testing on 21 September 1973. 25X1 25X1 25X1 D. Delta Research Camera - This configuration entered the contractor's plant as scheduled on 14 August for installation of a second f/3. 5 apochromatic lens and variable slit modification to the scan heads. The unit is scheduled to be redelivered to Detachment "G" during January 1974. Approved For Release 2004/02/1VOVASRE"Eg0285R00030015001 GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM U_T.OMATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150011-1 Next 1 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150011-1 TOP SECRET Approved For Rele12004/02/1 1 7 - 00285R00(0150011-1 Page 6 25X1 AERO MEDICAL AND LIFE SUPPORT ACTIVITIES 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1: 25X1 B. I I Life Support Activities 1. 51010 Parachute Retainer Strap - The retainer strap used to insure that the main riser of the RQ-225 parachute remains properly positioned on the shoulder will be lengthened one inch on all S1010 full pressure suits. This action follows successful 25X1 25X1 completion of test parachute drops conducted in September 1973 2. Automatic Seat Kit - The Calspan terrain radar sensing device feasibility study has been successfully completed. Helicopter test flights using a breadboard model were accomplished in September 1973. Live parachute drop tests are scheduled to begin the week of 15 October 1973 in Buffalo, N. Y. proved For Release 2004/0219(DPEI15EMLq00285R000300150 GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM 21ATIC DOWNGRADING AgUDECLASSIFICATION 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 TOP SECRET Approved For Relea'2004/02/1 1: - 0285R000O150011-1 25X1 25X1 Section Z Page 7 3. S1010 Pilot Protective Assembly (PPA) Flotation Development - A flyable prototype flotation assembly for subject #434 was evaluated at Detachment "G'1 on 21 September 1973. Based on the successful results of this cockpit study, the new flotation will be test flown during the next quarter. If successful, an additional 20 pounds of buoyancy will be provided the pilot to assist him, if necessary, in surviving in a rough sea condition. 4. Contractor Briefing. - The ARO Corporation of Buffalo, N. Y. , the contractor for all of the S1010 PPA hardware, conducted a management briefing for the SENIOR YEAR contracts personnel at Warner Robins AFB, Georgia, on 25 September 1973. Purpose 25X1 of this briefing was to explain and review management changes within the ARO Corporation durin the past five years. Headquarters was re resented by AMS/OSA, andi CMD/OSA. 5. Shark Deterrent Screen - The shark deterrent screen 25X1 (shark bag) developed by Dr. C. Scott Johnson of the Naval Under- sea Warfare Center, San Diego, California, appears to be a more reliable method of providing shark protection to a downed pilot than the existing chemical shark chaser. Cost estimates have been requested from the prime contractor of the full pressure suit, the David Clark Company, to fabricate a small number of bags. The Rocket Jet Engineering Company, Glendale, California, will also be approached for a price estimate on the same item. The Rocket Jet Company has been instrumental in the past in successfully vacuum packaging otherwise rather large and bulky items such as the jungle hammock for inclusion in the U-2R survival seat kit. Apo 25X1 GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM TA MATIC DOWNGRADING A DECLASSIFICATION TOP SECRET Approved For Relea~2004/02/1 ~1 : CIA-RDP75Bp0285R00Q(A150011-1 ec tion 2 Page 8 2. " Life Support Conference - The semiannual Life Support Conference was held at Brooks AFB, San Antonio, Texas, on 15 - 16 August 1973, of AMS/OSA, attended this meeting. 25X1 25X1 25X1 3. Dilbert Dunker Training - 25X1 AMS/OS , conducted the Dilbert Dunker training exercise at Miramar NAS, San Diego California from 17 - 19 September 1973 for all IDEALIST ilots. Detachment "G" Commander, and Detachment "G" Flight Surgeon, a so participated in the exercise. 25X1 25X1 25X1 GROUP t. EXCLUDED FROM App oved For Release 2004/02/1"' -SeCT 285R00030015001'~N~O ECLASSIIF CAT ON ING Approved For Release 2004/02/11 :CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150011-1 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 :CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150011-1