Final rept. May 50-May 51.
TASK GROUP 3.4 APO SAN FRANCISCO 96555
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The prime responsibility of Task Group 3.4 was the positioning of manned and unmanned aircraft as specified by the scientific programs in order to observe and record phenomena associated with the atomic blast. Directly related functions included the development and operation of adequate air base facilities at Kwajalein and Eniwetok, the installation, maintenance, and operation of the airborne and some of the surface instrumentation, in support of the scientific task group, the development of procedures, and the training of personnel. Included also was the responsibility for installation and operation of communications and electronics systems for monitoring and displaying the air situation, for air warning and control, and for navigational aids. Corollary and support functions included the operation of air surveillance and limited air defense, the provision for administrative and proficiency flying for all JOINT TASK FORCE THREE personnel, the operation of an air intra-island transport using liaison aircraft and helicopters, and in conjunction with Task Group 3.3. a Search and Rescue activity. Additional responsibilities involved the provision for weather reconnaissance, analysis and forecasting, and for documentary film coverage for all JOINT TASK FORCE THREE activities.