4028th STRATEGIC RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON 

OPERATION CROWFIGHT

 
In 1957 both the  4025th and the 4028th were involved with the High Altitude Sampling Progr ( HASP) that was designed to sample the radioactive debris in the upper atmosphere following the detonation of Russian, Chinese and French Nuclear weapons. Unofficially this program was called "Crowflight", and missions were initially flown from Ramey AFB Puerto Rico (Det 3),and Plattsburgh AFM New York State (Det 4) .
Det 3 Ramey AFB

 Puerto Rico

 

Later missions were flown from other Operating Locations (OL's) world wide from Alaska, Argentina, Panama, Guam, Australia, North Dakota, Texas and Hawaii. Some of these missions were also dual purpose in that surveillance mission were also incorporated into the mission profile. An example being Crowflight and Green Hornet (see patch lower down page- Patch seen on page 74 of the 4080th/100th SRW 20Year History Book )      
Operating Location OL-5  (U-2)

Eielson AFB Alaska.

 

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"El LOCO DUO"

 CROWFLIGHT /GREEN HORNET MISSION PATCH

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Laughlin AFB Texas. Det 10
The U-2 aircraft being used in these Crowflight missions were WU-2A's  which carried some of the sampling equipment in the aircraft nose. This resulted in the nose being flat at the tip to accommodate the sampling device. Further sampling inlets were carried on the port side just in front of the Nose wheel well. Filter membranes were placed inside these units and after flying though the radioactive clouds the membranes were sent for analysis. From this test the strength and make up of the Nuclear device could be determined.  Aircraft flew in a Straight line , North to South and then reversed course , hence the mission name of Crowflight ( as the crow fly's). Crowflight missions continued  until  February 1965 with the ending of the final  deployment to RAF Avalon in Australia..

Operating Location 

OL-11

RAAF Laverton

 

 
  The following photographs are Courtesy of Tina Denzik, Ed Kaelins daughter
 
4028th SRWS  OPERATING LOCATION-3    17 August 1964
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CREW CHIEF SSGT ED KAELIN
 
     
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 Credit Ben Georgeson  
OPERATION CROWFLIGHT ( H.A.S.P )  HIGH ALTITUDE SAMPLING PROGRAM.
 
OL-18 MAY 1962

CROWFLIGHT/ STUDENT PRINCE IV

CROWFLIGHT

U-2 PILOT TONY BEVACQUA 1957-1965

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OL-18

PANAMA

Designed By Richard Kemp.

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"CROW FLIGHT"

OL-?

HASP

LARGE  PATCH

 

"CROW FLIGHT"

OL-14

HASP

Picture from side of Lorry

"CROW FLIGHT"

OL-9

HASP

HAWAII

 

"EL LOCO DUO"

CROW FLIGHT (HASP)  /

 GREEN HORNET (ELINT)

OL-18

PANAMA

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"CROW FLIGHT"

OL-?

HASP

"OSCAR"

EL LOCO CROW

OL-18

RAMSEY AFB HASP

"CROW FLIGHT"

HASP

"CROW FLIGHT"

OL-11

HASP

AUSTRALIA

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TOY SOLDIER

 

Operation Toy Solider missions were flown in the northern latitudes measuring the HOT  Fallout  from the Soviet nuclear tests.

 These missions were of a more Highly Classified nature than the HASP

       
   

OL-5 

"TOY SOLDIER"

ALASKA

 

OL-5 

"TOY SOLDIER"

ALASKA

LARGE PATCH

   
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