6594 Test Group / 6593 Test Squadron
Falling Star Reunion – 55-Year Anniversary
September 14 through September 18, 2015
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.com Ray Romero
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.
“CATCH A FALLING STAR”
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).
JC-130 B JC-130 H HC-130 P
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