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Approved Foltulatlease 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89B00984K000600060003-0 SECRET MEMORANDUM FOR: Director of Central Intelligence SUBJECT: Copy 6 ? of Z 3 JUL 1968 Certificates of Commendation for Civilians Associated with the 1129th Special Activities Squadron 1. This memorandum contains a recommendation for the approval of the Director of Central Intelligence. Such recommendation is contained in paragraph 4. 2. After the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, commendations and citations were conferred on individuals and units whose perform- ance had been outstanding during that difficult period. One of the units cited by the United States Air Force, Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Provisional 4, was presented with the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 25X1 by General L then DDCI, on 21 March 1963. At the same time, CIA civilians associated with the Squadron were given Certificates of Com- mendation bearing the signature of the DCI and the name of the recipient. A specimen of that certificate is enclosed. 25X1 25X1 3. On 26 June 1968, presented the Air Force 25X1 Outstanding Unit Award (which includes a personal token in the form of a service ribbon for wear on the uniform of each member) to the 1129th Special Activities Squadron for its outstanding performance. In order that the 44 civilians associated with the 1129th may also receive personal ? recognition, I believe that each should receive a certificate similar to those given WRSP-4 under comparable circumstances. The Chairman, Honor and Merit Awards Board, has concurred in this idea, and the Recorder of the Board has determined that certificates are available. CROUP Excluded fra autornalle diotradIng and declaasifIcatkm DeclassificatichIPMW 59rftipse 2006/04Acb&WRDP89B00980R000600060003-0 25X1 25X1 Approved Foc?evelease 2006/09/611&-PIDP89B00989A000600060003-0 Page 2 4. I, therefore, recommend that each of the CIA civilians who contributed to the success of the 1129th Special Activities Squadron be given a certificate siniilar to the specimen enclosed and that each certificate be inscribed with the recipient's name and your signature. Attachment - 1 Specimen certificate SIGNATURE RECOMMENDED: Carl E. Duckett Deputy Director for Science and Technology 2 2 JUL 19613 Director of Special Activities Date The recommendation contained in paragraph 4 is approved: Director of Central Intelligence EO/S.A/EDDuckett, Jr. :fd (22 July 1968) Distribution: #1 - D/SA #2 - ER #3 - DDCI #4 - DD/S&T Chrono #5 - DDS&T Reg.. #6 - DDS&T Reg. #7 - Recorder, HMAB #8 - EO/SA Chrono #9 .-RB/OSA Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89 SECRET /9a Dat RoncumPonnAnnnAnnnn_n Approved FoAlitdlease 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89B009840000600060003-0 TOP SECRET Tab A Section 1 OXCART DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY AND PROGRESS (1 April 1968 - 30 June 1968) I. AIRFRAME Due to SCOPE COTTON decision 20 (Phase-out 30 June ? 1968), no developmental actions were completed during ? the period of this report. II. 'PROPULSION Due to SCOPE COTTON decision 20 (Phase-out 30 June 1968), no developmental actions were completed during the period of this report. III. PAYLOAD a. Sensor s - During the period from 1 April 1968 to 28 May 1968 (date of last camera configuration flight) a total of 19 photographic missions were flown. 1. Type I - Fifteen (15) camera flights were accomplished. One (1) was an operational mission, It was successful as were the fourteen (14) non-operational missions. 2. Type IV - Four (4) missions, all non- operational, were completed and were successful. 3. Other accomplishments -during the reporting period were: 1 Ekcluded front aatomatIc downrAIng and 4iectk: ' (a) Type I altitude calibration tests were completed. d For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89B00980R010600060003-0 TVP bEUKBT 25X1 25X i It 25X1 Approved Fonekelease 2006/09/26 : C1A-RDP89B00980000600060003-0 TOP SECRET Tab A Section 1 Page 2 (b) The second phase of the low sun angle tests relating to Type I exposures were completed. (c) Validation flights for Type I(H) were completed. Contractor analysis of data indicated it would have been considered operationally ready. (d) A successful mission utilizing SO-180 25X1 1. 1 was completed in a Type IV configuration. (e) Type IV (SN-3) had two good validation ? flights. Contractor analysis of material indicates this configuration would have been declared operationally ready. IV. AIRCRAFT FLIGHT TEST AND OPERATIONAL TRAINING SUMMARY (FINAL REPORT)* (APRIL, MAY, JUNE 1968) ACFT FLIGHTS A.M.J. TIME A.M.J. 121 3 3:37 122 - - 123 - - 124 16 25:10 125 - - 126 - 25X1 TOP SECRET TOTAL FLIGHTS TOTAL TIME 322 418:00 162 177:51 78 136:10 614 1076:25 203 334:55 104 169:16 Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89B00980R000600060003-0 25X1 25X Approved Forkiliglease 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89B0098e01000600060003-0 TOP SECRET Tab A Section 1 ACFT FLIGHTS A.M.J. TIME A.M.J. TOTAL FLIGHTS Page 3 TOTAL TIME 127 11 23:05 261 499:10 128 5 9:15 232 453:00 129 8 15:45 269 409:55 130 11 24:55 217 406:10 131 15 28:20 183 351:00 132 12 24:40 197 369:55 133 - - 9 8:17 TOTALS 81 154:47 2851 4810:04 *Includes Ferry Flights and operational missions V. LIFE SUPPORT Due to SCOPE COTTON decision 20 (Phase-out 30 June 1968), no developmental actions were completed during the period of this report. 1UP SEcsvr Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89FinnqRnRnn060n060003-0 Approved ForNilelease 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP891300981116000600060003-0 TOP SECRET Tab A Section 2 OXCART OPERATIONAL SUMMARY AND PROGRESS (1 April 1968 - 30 June 1968) I. Overflight Summary (PINWHEEL): One A-12 overflight mission was flown during this period. This mission launched from and recovered to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. Following is a brief resume of the mission: a. Iwas flown against North Korea target erest. Two passes were accomplished with total flight time of 4:06. ChiCom surveillance radar tracked the aircraft for 59 minutes,. distance tracked was 1900 NM. A total of 15 SAM sites covered; 3 occupied, 1 unoccupied, and 11 identification only. Overall photographic quality for the southern two-fifths of North Korea was fair to poor. Quality degradation was primarily due to haze and scattered clouds which affected approximately 50% of the photography. This was the final BLACK SHIELD operational mission. II. Pilot and Aircraft Loss (Aircraft 129): Aircraft 129 with as pilot departed Kadena Air Base, Okinawa at 0450Z on 4 June 1968 for a scheduled 2 hour 10 minute training mission. An aerial refueling was completed on schedule at 0523Z. The A-12 accelerated and started its climb in a normal manner after this refueling. GROUP 1 Excluded from automatic downgradlag and deciaselticallon TOP .SECRET Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89600980R000600060003-0 25X1 Approved Foilease 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP896009846000600060003-0 TOP SECRET Tab A Section 2 Page 2 aircraft. After a lapse of approximately five to six minutes HF voice contact and were attempted to no avail. Aircratt was declared overdue at 0616Z. Rescue aircraft and surface craft were dispatched to the last aircraft contact area at 0745Z, 4 June 1968. After 91 sorties were flown for a total of 869 hours 35 minutes, the search was terminated at approximately 1320Z on 8 June 1968. This extensive search resulted in no significant leads or sightings. Accident Board findings were as follows: Primary Cause: Undetermined Most Probable Cause: Catastrophic failure of the right engine. Overtemperature of the right engine probably was the tnitial indication leading up to the failure. Recommendations: None III. Redeployment of OXCART Aircraft and Deployed Task Force: a. Redeployment of OXCART from Kadena began when aircraft 131 departed Kadena on 8 June 1968. This aircraft made a precautionary landing at Wake Island due to a fuel leak in the right engine which was noted by the tanker crew during aerial refueling. On 14 June 1968 aircraft 131 ? departed Wake Island on a subsonic flight to Hickam, sub- sequently departed Hickam on 19 June 1968 and was flown 25X1 supersonic to The second A-12 aircraft departed ? Kadena at 2009Z on 9 June 1968 and landed at 1 without incident on 10 June 1968 at 0138Z. The average speed for this flight was 1415 M.P.H. with flight duration of 5:29Urs. 25X1 b. The OXCART deployed task force has completed redeploy- ment from Kadena AB and all Project facilities at that location have been turned over to and are now under the control of the SAC SR-71 effort there. TOP SECRET. Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89B00980R000600060003-0 Approved FoNlease 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89600980111000600060003-0 TOP SECRET Tab A Section 2 Page 3 IV. PILOT AND A-12 AIRCRAFT LOCATIONS (As of 30 June 1968) Pilots A-12 Aircraft California (storage) 5 8* *Includes one trainer (#124), two flight test (#121 and #122), and five operational aircraft ((#127, #128, #130, #131, #132) TOP SECRET Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89B00980R000600060003-0 25X1 2? Approved FoNliglease 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89B0098W100600060003-0 TOP SECRET Tab B Section 1 IDEALIST DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY AND PROGRESS (1 April 1968 - 30 June 1968) I. AIRFRAME 25X1 25X1 a. A U-2R flight manual meeting was held at Edwards AFB. Representatives of LAC, Customer One, Customer Two, and the Detachments were in attendance. Various format proposals for the Flight Manual performance charts were reviewed. LAC was tasked to prepare suggested sample charts based on the various inputs of the attendees. These charts were received in Headquarters on 25 June 1968 and will be reviewed prior to the next reporting period. b. A U-2R technical meeting was held at LAC, Burbank, to review (a) the progress of the development flight test program, (b) the status of various problems, (c) the production aircraft delivery status, and d the roposed follow-on program. A detailed report has 25X1 been written summarizing the significan resu s o this meeting. c. U-2R FLIGHT TEST AND OPERATIONAL TRAINING SUMMARY (Thru 30 June 1968) A.M.J. FLTS . TIME ?A.M.J. TOTAL FLTS TOTAL TIME 1 - 051 18 59.3 68 220.9 2 - 052 12 51.8 30 109.0 3 - 053 29 81.7 36 94.6 4 - 054 19 72.0 21 73.2 5 - 055 14 35.5 14 35.5 6 - 056 13 33.0 13 33.0 TOTAL 1.0. 333.3 182 566.2 GE100?1 Excluded frartliPtPER downgrading and declassification ed For Release 0980 R000600060003-0 25X1 25X1 Approved FoNlibgle se 2006/09/26 : CIA-RyP89B00980.300600060003-0 TOP SECRET Tab B Section 1 Page 2 II. PROPULSION a. The unaxisymmetric thrust and noise problems encountered with the ejector type tailpipe on the U-2R have now been resolved. The final fix to the problem involved use of a 13i" cylindrical extension to the previous Bill of Material tailpipe. A set of free floating segmented annular bypass doors at the engine face were also utilized. These doors close to prevent the engine compressor from drawing air away from the ejector on the ground when the nacelle pressure is higher than that at the engine face. The doors then open in flight when the engine face pressure is higher than nacelle pressure to provide cooling airflow to the nacelle and secondary airflow to the ejector. b. Small scale (3 inch diameter) model tests conducted at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft as part of the OEL Infrared Suppression Studies have also shown that the 13.5 inch tailpipe extension passes 2i times more secondary (cooling) air at altitude and is more aerodynamically stable than the previous Bill of Material design. The 13.5" extension should theoretically cause a slight loss in altitude thrust due to reduced ejector wall static pressures. This thrust loss was not verified by flight test results. c. A problem involving engine oil pressure fluctuations on some U-2R engine installations has developed. Tests are continuing on the Number One Article with a so-called constant rise oil pump which eliminates the feature on the variable rise Bill of Material pump which adjusts the discharge pressure of the oil boost pump to maintain a constant inlet pressure to the main oil pump. This change requires a careful manual adjustment of the boost pump discharge pressure on the ground which may create problems in use of this system in the field. Pratt & Whitney Engineering is analyzing the problem to determine if the problem can be eliminated on the Bill of Material pump by changes to the designs of pressure regulating valves, or by perhaps incorporating features of the constant rise pump in the Bill of Material pump. , 25X1 Approved For ReleasT0200119110.42TCIA-RDP89 300980R000600060003-0 Approved FoN1161ease 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP891300991110000600060003-0 TOP SECRET TAB B Section 1 Page 3 III. PAYLOAD b. A contract was let for the procurement of thirteen optical bar cameras and associated ground support equipment during this reporting period. These cameras will provide photographic coverage 60 nautical? miles wide and 2,000 N.M. long at ground resolutions between one foot and three feet. Delivery of the first camera is expected 1 December 1968 and the last camera in September 1969. IV LIFE SUPPORT a. Training - Two new IDEALIST pilots received partial pressure suit indoctrinations during this period, utilizing the one-man altitude chamber at Detachment G. b. S-1010 PPA - Three project pilots received S-1010 PPA fittings and altitude chamber indoctrinations during this period. The fittings and chamber runs were successful with pilot acceptance continuing to be favorable. 5-1010 flotation tests were completed during this period, in anticipation of the parasail training program. Also, preliminary 8-1010 investigations were conducted in attempting to clarify the U-2R air conditioning problem. TOP SECRET Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89600980R000600060003-0 25X1 25X 25 25X1 Approved FoetR6lease 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89B009810000600060003-0 TOP SECRET Tab B Section 1 Page 4 V. GENERAL R&D a. Drag Reduction Program Some promising results have been achieved in the wind tunnel test program now underway at the U. S. Navy Post-Graduate School wind tunnel at Monterey, California. As a consequence, the effort has been accelerated with specific emphasis on drag reduction of the U-2R wing. C. PROPULSION (1) High Altitude Engine Relight Program Late in FY 1968 the High Altitude Engine Relight Program funding was approved by DNRO. This program involves a flight demonstration program of a system for improving the altitude relight envelope of the J75-P-1313 engine in the U-2R aircraft, through use of oxygen injection. Proposals have been received from Pratt and Whitney for engine hardware and test 25X1 Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RbP89 TOP SECRET 1300980R000600060003-0 Approved Forrilitilease 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89B00980000600060003-0 TOP SECTIRT Tab B Section 1 Page 5 stand validation of the complete engine relight system. New or modified hardware includes an oxygen injection system, modified burner cans and an adjustable minimum fuel flow setting on the fuel control. A proposal has been received from Lockheed for the modification of one aircraft and flight test demonstration of the system. d. Haze.Attenuation Study A preliminary report of flight test results shows some evidence of contrast improvement using the polarizing filter with black and white photography. However, the improvement is less apparent than had been expected. There is evidence that a significant TOP SECRET Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP69600980R000600060003-0 25X1 Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89600980R000600060003-0 Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89600980R000600060003-0 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved FaIRtlease 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP896009611110000600060003-0 TOP SECRET ran B Section 2 Page 1 IDEALIST OPERATIONAL SUMMARY AND STATUS ,(1 April 1968 - 30 June 1968) I. OVERFLIGHT SUMMARY a. Three Agency U-2 overflights were flown during the last quarter of FY-68. (1) from This mission covered the Cambodia! Thailand border with the Delta III Camera. (2) was alerted and flown on This mission was designed to collect Route was through the s_swy iJ1iZLL1, alounu nainan island and paralleling the Mission was successful. China Coast (3) was alerted and flo, is covering East 'hina coastal are e Shantung peninsula southward to Swatow. 1-1ilwas recalled due 25X1 to failure prior to entering hostile area. 25X1 25X1 25X1 (4) Five additional U-2 missions were alerted and subsequently cancelled. All missions were cancelled due to weather except which was due to aircraft malfunction. These missions were duplications of mission GROUP 1 Excluded from aotomatIc downuadlel ad decloosi,L2,1on i0P SECRET Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89600980R000600060003-0 Approved FoiNttlease 20V6(19/2CHIN.6_; cIA:RDP89B00981114000600060003-0 b.E Tab B Section 2 Page 2 IT. GENERAL b. OS MARK III TESTS Fourteen OS MK III flight tests were flown during the period of this report. The flight tests were completed to provide data regarding "false-alarm" indications on the OS Mark III systems. Based on results of the flight testslOS MK III has been modified and "false-alarm" problem appears corrected. c. SYSTEM 21 FLIGHT TESTS Two System 21 flight tests were completed to check-out the system scan receiver. Tests were successful. d. HI ALTITUDE PANORAMIC CAMERA TESTS (PAN) High altitude PAN tests were completed 30 April, 8 and 10 May. The purpose of these tests was to test and evaluate a new Hycon "6" cone camera similar to the existing tracker camera. TUP SECRET Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89B00 ISOKUULMOULMOULM-U 25X1 25X1 25X 25X 25 Approved FoNktlease 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP891300981110000600060003-0 TOP SECRET Tab B Section 2 Page 3 III. AIRCRAFT INCIDENTS a. On 22 May 1968, Article 383 located at was damaged during landing roll due to loss of tail wheel steering disconnect pin and resultant aircraft ground loop. Aircraft was repaired and functional check flight completed on 29 May 1968. Pilot error was not a factor in incident. b. On 28 May 1968 Article 385, located atl was damaged during ground handling. Cause: Personnel error. The crew prematurely placed sulky under the tail section of the aircraft prior to installation of main gear down lock pin, forcing gear collapse. Aircraft was repaired and functional check flight completed on 12 June 1968. IV. U-2R DELIVERY STATUS DELIVERY ROLLOUT FIRST FLIGHT SCHED ACCEPT ACCEPTED Aircraft 3 12 Jan. 17 Feb. 1 March 29 April Aircraft 4 13 Feb. 29 March 1 April 12 June Aircraft 5 27 March 8 May 1 May 29 May Aircraft 6 29 April 18 May 1 June 11 June TOP SECRET Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89600980R000600060003-0 25X1 Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89600980R000600060003-0 Approved For Release 2006/09/26 : CIA-RDP89600980R000600060003-0