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TOP SECRET ? Approved For Relea&t+ 2004/02/11 : - 0285R00Q0150020-1 25X1 25X1 Copy IT--0T-I 13 OCT 1972 MEMORANDUM FOR: Director, CIA Reconnaissance Programs j SUBJECT: Program Progress Report Forwarded herewith are three copies of `the IDEALIST Program Progress Report for the period 1 July'1972 - 30 September 1972. Attachment As stated r Director of Special Activities WENDELL BEVAN/JR. Brigadier General, USAF 25X1 25X1 Approv d For Release 2004/02/11 EWR 85R00030015002 5X1 Approved For ReIev2004/02/11 285R00010150020-1 25X1 25X1 Page 2 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 (11 October 1972)x, I Appr~ 25X1 4C6~L41D'lltY.l~]t M7 V 1 Mir ? Approved For Rele~2004/02/11T: - 285R00(1 150020-1 25X1 (1 July 1972 - 30 September 1972) 11 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 OPERATIONAL MISSION SUMMARY, Fourteen IDEALIST/TACKLE operational missions were alerted during this period. 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: 25X1 25X1 25X1 Mission C212C was flown in the Taiwan Straits on 25X1 utilizing the "H" configuration.i COMIREX targets were covered, o which one was not programmed. I 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approv r-Ir Approved For Rele~2004/02/11r 6285R00(W0150020-1 25X1 25X1 25X1 with the "H" configuration. Deteriorating weather prevented coverage of all but 10 targets. 777 section Page 2 25X1 25X1 Miss' 262C was flown off the central China coast lutilizing the "H" configuration. 25X1 Mission C302C was flown along the central China coast 25X1 25X1 Mission C322C was flown in the Taiwan Straits on I 25X1 utilizing the "TH" configuration. Deteriorating weather prevented coverage of 80 percent of programmed targets, however, one new SAM site was located and several were covered, I 10. Mission C332C was flown alon the rthern China coast in the Port Arthur area northern the "11" configuration. Due to e eriorating weather, o of the programmed coverage was obtained. 2-5X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 I Aplroved For Release 2004/02/ 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/02/11': 25X1 25X1 A. RED DOT - Nine sorties were flown in support of continuing film tes s using various film types and camera configurations in the U-2R. v C. F]Lens - Eleven sorties were flown to test the new color corrected "H" lens. 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 G. BLUE GULT, - T-2 training accomplished for one U-2 pilot at Pensacola, Florida NAS. 25X1 III. I I PILOT AND AIRCRAFT STATUS (AS OF 30 SEPTEMBER 1972) A. Detachment "G" (Edwards AFB - North Base) 25X1 25X1 section Page 3 ved For Release 2004/02/1 t F85R00030015002 iq 1XXY1[X}saXr XXAX;X1 (-X1.Y`YNxx 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150020-1 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150020-1 Approved For Relese 2004/02/1 T IDEALIST I DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY AND 'PROGRESS (1 July 1972 - 30 September`1972) 25X1 25X1 25X1 A. J-75P13B Engine - Installation of improved third stage turbine blades has been accomplished on 22 engines. This modification improves engine life and permits the extension'of Hot Section Inspec- tions (HSI) from 600 to 700 hours and of Time Between Overhaul (TBO) from 1200 to 1400 hours. B. U-ZR Flight Test and Operational Training Summary 1. IDEALIST Program accomplishments in U-ZR aircraft since introduction include 9521. 1 hours on 2906 sorties as of 30 September 1972. 2. Flight test and operational data are depicted below: f 1JUL-30 SEP FLIGHTS 1 JUL-30 SEP TIME 1 - 051 47 131. 1 2 - 053 35 101.6 3 - 054 45 148.8 4 - 055 56 163.3 25X1 10285R008 60150020-1 A. "H" Configuration - "H" Serial Number 003 incorporating the new lens was first used operationally at Detachment "H" on 8 July 1972. The second lens, installed in Serial Number 002, is currently under- going flight testing and qualification. 25X1 25X1 Appro4ed For Release 2004/02/11 QQ-RQl2Z 85R000300150020 Approved For Releaei 2004/02/11Tj I Section 2 Page 2 25X1 25X1 B. "B" Configuration - Delivery of the first modified B-3 camera with a new lens will be delayed until late in the second quarter. This schedule slippage is necessary to permit rework of the lens aspherical surface to correct misalignment of the asphere axis. 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 25X1 1 14- 25X1 25X1 . Approved For ReleaGW2004/02/11': 285R00("0150020-1 Section 2 Page 3 V. I IAERO MEDICAL AND LIFE SUPPORT ACTIVITIES Medical Activities 25X1 25X1 25X1 1. Five pilot 25X1 candidates were interviewed and received IDEALIST Program briefings prior to receiving astronaut type physicals at the School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas. All five elected to continue with the selection process, and only one was found to be not physically qualified for the project. The four candidates were brought to Washington, D. C. area where they were interviewed by flight surgeons and spent two days with psychologists from PSS/OMS. Two were unanimously chosen for training by the selection group with the recommendation that the other candidates not be held in reserve. They will begin training in March 1973. 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 2. Medic A second medical technician was IE assigned in August 1972, enabling them to have 24 hour coverage. of have excellent backgrounds as laboratory technicians and have proposed doing the required lab work in rout:irhe physicals currently being performed by a civilian physician F- I This would save the Government approximately $50. 00 per examination. 25X1 25X1 NX I,X(.X"X,X,X,3 Approved For Relea 2004/02/J10C - ECRE 0285R000Z00150020-1 Section 2 Page 4 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 5. I (Briefing for New USAF Surgeon General - 25X1 25X1 25X1 and briefed the new Air Force Surgeon General (Lt. Gen. Patterson) on the flight medicine aspects of the IDEALIST Program on 6 September 1972. This briefing was at the specific request of Lt. Gen. Patterson. B. I I Life Support Activities 1. Face Heat Modification - A new portable battery pack with recharger unit has been fabricated to be used to provide full- pressure suit visor face heat when transporting pilots from the personal equipment section to the aircraft. 2. Laminated Visors - An autoclave has been purchased for use in producing a laminated visor for the full-pressure suit assembly. This device was necessary to accomplish the dry bonding technique at a rather high temperature and pressure. 25X1 I For Release 2004/02/11 85R000300150020 Approved For Relew 2004/02/1 - T285R00W00150020-1 Section Page 5 25X1 25X1 3. Vent Garment - A new vent garment has been fabricated and sent to Detachment "G" for use with the low-flight harness. This unit will assist in cooling the pilot during low-flight and will mate successfully with the aircraft pressure suit vent connections. 4. Glove Bladder - The David Clark Pressure Suit Company has been experimenting the past few months with reinforcing the glove bladders with a sheer nylon mesh. To date some of the seams of these gloves have been failing after repeated inflations. A new dipping procedure is now under evaluation and recently finished products look promising. Further investigation and experimentation will be accomplished on the Sustaining Engineering Contract during the next quarter. 5. Prototype Helmet - The new 51010 helmet modification was presented to the U-2R pilots during the last week of September. All agree it is a decided improvement over, the present helmet 25X1 and two flyable configurations are now being fabricated. Training I ILife Support Conference - The semiannual Life Support Conference was held in Washington, D. C. on 2 August 1972. Lt. Col. Don Johnson of the AF Surgeon General's Office chaired the meeting attended by f the NRO and 25X1 f OSA. This conference is held primarily for the cross fertilization of information from special projects utilizing pressure suits. 25X1 Appro4 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150020-1 Next 1 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150020-1 Approved For Releas 004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R0003. 150020-1 SECRET MEMORANDUM FOR: Deputy for Operations, OSA THROUGH Chief, SAS/O/OSA SUBJECT Program Progress Report Attached is the Program Progress Report on the hero Medical and Life Support Activities for the period 1 Jul), 1972 through 30 September 1.972. `-" Office of Special Activities Attachment As stated above IDEA-0333-73 Copy of 29 September 1972 25X1 25X1 25X1 AMS/OSA Distribution: 1 - Addee w/att 2 - AMS it . 3 - It 4 - RB it WARN IiNG P OilC - 25X1 SENSITIVE INTELLIGI-;.;'; ;O'j CES AND METHODS INVUL.VcD Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150020-1 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150020-1 Next 4 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150020-1