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TOP SECRET Approved For Relea~2004/02/11 :I CIA-RDP75B0~285ROOQ~0150015-7 25X1 opy of 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. Brigadier General, U Director of Special Activities Attachment As stated 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 ~ GROUF' 1. EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING App oved For Release 2004/02/117. ~-F~Z~~285R00030015001 #~D DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 25~C1 T4P SECRET Approved For Relea`~2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B0 285R0003~Q150015-7 age C/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 (9 April 1973) proved For Release 2004/0 - ~00285R00030015 GROUP~1. F%CLUDFD FROM ~~EC LIAS~IOF CATID 61NG 25X1 25X1 25X1 TOP SE T Approved For Relea~se~`2004/02/11 :CIA-RDP75B00 85R0003~00150015-7 25X1 25X1 IDEALIST OPERATIONAL SUMMARY AND STATUS (1 January 1973 - 31 March 1973) - - - - ~-+r++ir 1vllU~.J1V 1V ~7 U 1V1lV11~K Y 25X1 A. Ten IDEALIST TACKLE operational missions were alerted during th;c narinr7 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X +votil L11 CL L1 25 nautical miles to the China mainland coast. Fallowing is a summary of these rriissians: central China coast from Shanghai, sout to uemoy. This y was an island search mission usin the "B" camera, Due to 95 percent cloud cover, ro rammed COMIREX targets were covered. 25X1 25X1 25X1 2. Mission C043C, planned for island cov ge along the central China coast, was flown Weather 25X1 a gin recluded coverage of all programmed targets; however, and six bonus COMIREX as well as nine non- ' tar ets vered. 25X1 App Mis~053C was flown in the Port Arthur area on ed, Photo interpretability was fair and 15 of w were bonus. roved For Release 2004/02/1 A~~b285R0003001500 GROUP I~EXCLUDf.D EROM ~Ffi7MnTIC DOWNGRADING ~df DEC Lnssl rlCAnoN 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved For Relea~2004/02/11 85R000~1.50015-7 Page 2 Photographic coverage was obtained of 5. Mission C093C was flown in .the Taiwan Straits area tar ets, of which were ro rammed, 6. Mission C103C was flown along the central China coast north from Quemo to Shan hai. Photo- graphic coverage was obtained of B. Two missions were flown to obtain standoff photography of coastal North Vietnam with the 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 "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. 1. Mission 5013E was flown Excessive cloud cover and haze were encountere a ter three photo flight lines and the mission was aborted. 2. Mission S023E, flown was aborted for weather after completing four p oto light lines. A. u RED DOT -Eight sorties were flown in support of contin- uing film tests using various film types and camera configurations. 25X1 25X1 25X1 GROUP IEXC LUDED PROM Appro ed For Release 2004/02/1 - 285800030015001 AND DCC LIASSIOE CAT OAN ING 00285R0~300150015-7 25X1 5X1 ec ion Page 3 E. ~ "B" Lens -Two qualification flights were flown with the modified "B" configuration. F. ~ 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 twa used the multi-spectral system. McCoy AFB, Florida was -used as an operating location. PILOT AND AIRCRAFT STATUS (AS Ole 31 MARCH 1973 A. Detachment " G" (Edwards AFB -North Base) Aircraft 2 U-2R Pilots 25X1 25X1 App GROUP t~FXCLUDFD FROM ~U~OM ATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECtA551 FICATION 25X1 gpproved For Release 2004/02/11 :CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150015-7 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 :CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150015-7 TAP SECRET Approved For Relea~2004/02/11 ~ CIA-RDP75BOg285R00(150015-7 IDEALIST DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY AND PROGRESS (1 January 1973 - 31 March 1973) 25X1 25X1 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. B. U-2R Flight Test and Opc rational Training Summary 1. IDEALIST Program accomplishments in U-2R 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 1 JAN- 31 FLIGHTS TIM MAR E 1 - 051 50 127, 8 2 - 053 52 134. 8 3 - 054 62 168, 4 4 - 055 44 155. 3 T OTAL 208 586, 3 25X1 GROUP I. E%C LUDC.D FROM TOMATIC DOWNGRADING Appro ed For Release 2004/02/11 ~F~~~~~fl~85R000300150015 ND DECLASSIFICATION ? TOP SECRET Approved For Releat~2004/02/11: IA-RDP75B0 2858000150015-7 25X1 25X1 II. I I PA Y LOAD Page. 2 ec A. "H" Configuration -The new lens installed in " H" Serial Number 002 produced unsatisfactory x'~sults 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. ~rB" 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 contractual support to OSP and the NRO for the acquisition of a second f/3. 5 apochromatic lens and variable '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 25X1 the fourth quarter of F'Y 1974. ~7~'0285R0003001500 GROUP 1. EXC LUDFD FROM T MATIC DOWNGRADING ~D EC LASSI FICATION 25X1 TOP SECRET Approved For Relea~2004/02/11 ~85R0003~150015-7 25X1 25X1 Page 3 AERO MEDICAL AND LIFE SUPPORT ACTIVITIES Medical Activities 1. ~ COMPASS TRTP - In Februar C/AMS OSA, served as Detachment Flight urgeon at c oy , Florida for the final COMPASS TRIP deployment. He was also able to visit the SAC Life Support facilities during this period. not yet been received. 25X1 25X1 2. Alcohol Study, Far East -Based on information that "Mecon , the Thai whiskey, had been found to contain wood alcohol, specimens of this and two popularly consumed Taiwan alcoholic beverages were obtained from the field and submitted to TSD and 25X1 the USAF Surgeon Generals Office for analysis. Reports have U~p MATIC DOWNGRADING ~0285R0003001500 ~ab oecLASS~EICnrION 25X1 25X1 gpproved For Release 2004/02/11 :CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150015-7 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 :CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150015-7 TOP SECRET Approved For Rele2004/02/11 CIA-RDP75B0 285ROOQ~0150015-7 Section 2 Page 5 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 2. ~~ Automatic Seat Kit -The Calspan terrain radar sensing device feasibility study is presently 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. ~~ 51010 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. ~ RQ-225 Parachute Repack -Headquarters Life Suppor 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 eriminated. C. Training Activities 25X1 25X1 ~ GROUPI EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING 25X1 - Appr ved For Release 2004/02/1~~-~D~285R00030015001 DECLASSIFICATION. TOP SECRET Approved For Rele~2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B0 285R000~.0150015-7 25X1 25X1 Section 2 Page 6 2. Physiological Training at Detachment "G" - Physio- logical training, pressure suit chamber fli hts and ex losive depressions were accomplished 25X1 Soth suits required some.factory rework for proper fit. This has been completed and the suits are now in place at 25X1 Detachment ?'G". 25X1 GROUP i. FXC LUD FD FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING Approved For Release 2004/02/11 :CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150015-7 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 :CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150015-7