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To preserve the heritage of this special military organization and its members
To recognize outstanding members and their contributions
To keep members informed
To encourage reunions and contacts between members


6594 Test Group / 6593 Test Squadron

Falling Star Reunion – 55-Year Anniversary



September 14  through September 18, 2015

Tentative Agenda

  • Monday, 9/14/15  ... Registration and Evening Cocktail Reception at Hale Koa Hotel
  • Tuesday, 9/15/15  .. Tennis Tournament
  • Wednesday, 9/16/15    Golf Tournament
  • Thursday, 9/17/15   Reception and Dinner at Hale Koa Hotel
  • Friday, 9/18/15  ...... Aloha Gathering with Trip Down Memory Lane at Hickam “O” Club
  • Further details (time, place, cost, etc.) will be relayed as events are finalized.


Hotel reservations can be made through the Hale Koa Hotel website at www.halekoa.com  or by calling

1-800-367-6027 or 1-808-955-0555. 

Accommodations at the Bellows Air Force Station cabins can be made through their website at www.bellowsafs.com or by calling 1-800-437-2607 or 1-808-259-8080.



February 5, 2015

This is the second flyer regarding the Falling Star Reunion scheduled for September 14-18, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Of the 556 members we contacted in September 2014, 59 emails or letters were returned as "undeliverable.” So, as a start, if you are in contact with any of the troops ON THE ATTACHED PAGE, please have them email me with their addresses. Second, you are our best resource. If you know of anyone else who should be contacted, let us know ASAP with their contact information.

Also included in this mailing is the pre-registration form. Those who return this form by April 30th, along with $30 per attendee will be kept on this reunion’s mail list to receive all future details regarding the plans and events.


Click on the hyperlink below to get the Pre-Registration form:



The tentative agenda above remains the same as previously provided.

In the next letter, to be sent in June, we will further define the activities and, based on your replies to this letter, we will estimate the cost of each event and give you the option to buy into those you wish to attend.

We hope you have already looked into hotel reservations at this point. Space does fill up quickly for the summer months, especially at the military facilities. Again, the Hale Koa number is (800) 367-6027 – if that number is busy, try (808) 955-0555. The Bellows number is (800) 437-2607. For Bellows, retirees can make reservations up to 75 days prior to check-in date. If you are thinking of staying at Bellows, we suggest that you check other Honolulu hotels as a back-up plan in case Bellows becomes booked.

We look forward to seeing ALL of you in beautiful Hawaii in September. If you have any updates of your contact information or a fellow 6594 Test Group/6593 Test Squadron member, please email me at michael_dauth@msn.com or text or call me at 410-562-8971.



                                                                                                          Program Committee Members:

Mike & Pam Dauth, Co-Chairs                                                    Frank Adams

34 Cornhill St.                                                                                Bill “Yogi” Bear

Annapolis, MD 21401                                                                    Al Blankenship

410-562-8971                                                                                   Don Hard

michael_dauth@msn.com                                                                 Ray Romero                          

50th Anniversary Reunion

It was loads of fun!

This is a picture of the Plaque that was placed at the Flag Pole on the 19th of September 2010




C-3/E.Cox/ado/T 14 Jul 61

Ltr, 6593 Test Sq (Special) (TTA), 6 Sep 60, Sq Insignia

Hq USAF, Washington 25, D.C.                  JUL 14 1961      

TO: AFSC (SCPS)     


1 In accordance with AFR 900-3, 5 November 1959, the following emblem is approved for the 6593d Test Squadron (Special):


Description:  On a white rectangle bordered red, an Air Force golden yellow lightning flash bendwise throughout, pointed upward, edged red, surmounted by an Air Force blue falcon in flight, beak and talons Air

Force golden yellow, outlines Air Force blue, details and markings while, his talons grasping a red parachute dropping to base.   

Significance: The emblem is symbolic of the squadron and its mission against a lightning streak representing the speed and accuracy of the unit’s test operations, a falcon (representing the sharp mind and keen

sight required by crew members and the flying skill exhibited by the pilots) is displayed in flight grasping a parachute (symbolizing the ability of the aircraft to retrieve  a parachuting satellite from celestial

regions).  Because the falcon is known for its fierce determination to follow through on anything it undertakes, it represents the spirit of the squadron to succeed at the most unusual aerial recovery in modern aviation history.  The emblem bears the Air Force colors, ultramarine blue and golden yellow, and the nation colors, red, white and blue.

2.   Attached is the official painting of the emblem described above, to be forwarded to the unit for file and guidance in reproduction.










SIGNIFICANCE:  The golden falcon’s wings stand for the 6594th Test group.  They are joined “in lure” in reference to the units mission of recovering components ejected from space vehicles in orbit.  The term “in lure” is derived from the training of the falcons.

The “lure”, two wings conjoined, is attached to a cord and thrown into the air to attract and recall the birds in flight.  The blazing star descending from the upper part of the shield represents a space vehicle returning from orbit.  It also stands for Air Force star denoting that the group holds the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.  The gold arches in the lower part of the shield represent radar emanations.  They refer to the organizations mission of developing capabilities to track space satellites.  Ultramarine blue and golden yellow stand for the Air Force.


BLAZON:  Per pale azure (ultramarine) and azure (celestial) and per bend counterchanged, issuing from dexter chief a blazing descending bendwise the horizontal points forming two wings displayed and inverted argent and trailed ov six of the last and gules, in sinister base four barrulets bendwise arched and couped or all between two pairs of hawk’s wings conjoined in lure elevated of the last within a diminished border gold.






               The 6594 Test Group operated from Hickam Air Force Base for twenty-seven

               years (1958-1986) retrieving film capsules in support of the “Corona” and follow on

               Spy Satellite Programs.

              Historians consider the “Corona” Program’s mission successes to be equivalent

              in Aerospace significance to the Wright Brothers and First Flight, or Yeager,

              and Breaking the Sound Barrier.  

              The “Corona” Program accomplished the following firsts:

                 1) First return of an object placed in Earth’s orbit.

           2) First pictures of Earth from space.

           3) First space program with more than one return capsule.

           4) First space program to reach 100 missions (145 Total).





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