6594 Test Group / 6593 Test Squadron
Falling Star Reunion – 55-Year Anniversary
September 14 through September 18, 2015
Monday, 9/14/15 ........... 5:30pm at the Hale Koa Hotel, Registration with Cash Bar and Pupu Reception
AND Test Group History presentation by Al Blankenship
Tuesday, 9/15/15 .......... 10am at Hickam BOQ courts Tennis Outing (arranged by John Callahan)
Wednesday, 9/16/15 .... 10am at Hickam AFB, Golf Tournament (arranged by Ray Romero & Jimmy Shiramizu)
Wednesday, 9/16/15….5pm at Hickam Officers Club, Open Mic Storytelling with Cash Bar and Buffet Dinner
Thursday, 9/17/15 ........ 5:30pm at Hale Koa Hotel, 55th Anniversary Dinner (Emcees Don Hard & Bill ‘Yogi’ Bear)
Guest Speaker Ms. Betty Sapp, the current NRO Director (scheduled)
Friday, 9/18/15 .............. 6pm at Hale Koa Hotel, Aloha Reception with Cash Bar and Pupus
Hotel reservations can be made through the Hale Koa Hotel website at www.halekoa.com or by calling 800-367-6027 or 808-955-0555. Accommodations at the Bellows Air Force Station cabins can be made through their website at www.bellowsafs.com or by calling 800-437-2607. Other Waikiki locations near the Hale Koa are the Hilton Hawaiian Village (800-445-8667), Outrigger Hotels (800-688-7444), and the Waikiki Shore Condominium (800-367-2353).
May 27, 2015
Mahalo for sending in your pre-registration forms and checks! Here are a few additional details regarding the Falling Star Reunion scheduled for September 14-18, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The only change from previous was swapping the location of the Wednesday and Friday night events due to heavy H-1 highway traffic at the last reunion.
Sign-up with cost information will be forwarded on June 24th.
If you have not made your lodging arrangements yet, please see the Lodging information above.
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
Here is some information on extracurricular activities that are available for you and your guests:
1. See attached flyer for Ford Island and Hickam Historical Tours
2. For daily activities elsewhere on Oahu, go to www.greatlifehawaii.com
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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