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6594th Test Group
United States Air Force
Strength
Group
Type
Test
Years
1958 - 1986
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Reporting Units

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Members Who Served in 6594th Test Group

Adams, Frank, MSgt
Status
USAF Retired
Service Years
1973 - 1997
MOS
43199-Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent
Primary Unit
314th Field Maintenance Squadron
Home State
Arkansas
Home Town
Not Specified
Anderson, Nathan, Sr., MSgt
Status
USAF Retired
Service Years
1962 - 1983
MOS
75193-Education and Training Superintendent
Primary Unit
6594th Test Group
Home State
Arizona
Home Town
Not Specified
Andrews, Arthur Lemont, CMSAF
Status
Not Specified
Service Years
1953 - 1983
MOS
99107-Senior Enlisted Advisor
Primary Unit
Air Force Office of the Chief of Staff
Home State
Massachusetts
Home Town
Boston, MA
Ansel, Irvine, Capt
Status
USAF Veteran
Service Years
1969 - 1981
MOS
1045J-Pilot
Primary Unit
6594th Test Group
Home State
South Carolina
Home Town
Not Specified
Bagwell, Roy, CMSgt
Status
USAF Retired
Service Years
1962 - 1984
MOS
23190-Aerial Photographic Superintendent
Primary Unit
1369th Audiovisual Squadron
Home State
Arizona
Home Town
Not Specified
Barthel, Richard, Maj
Status
USAF Retired
Service Years
1963 - 1988
MOS
4016-Aircraft Maintenance Staff Officer
Primary Unit
6515th Munitions Maintenance Squadron
Home State
Maryland
Home Town
Not Specified

6594th Test Group Description

Large portions of the Test Group's mission were classified until 1995 when information concerning Project CORONA was declassified. The 6594th was largely concerned with retrieving film canisters, about the size of a garbage can, in midair that had been ejected from some of the United States' earliest spy satellites.

These canisters were among the first objects sent into space that were designed to survive re-entry. Upon entering the ionosphere, they could resemble a shooting, or falling, star. Thus, the unit's motto "To Catch a Falling Star".

Because retrieval occurred over water in the Pacific, rescue swimmers were a standard part of the mission crew. Thus, when the 6594th was not busy with their primary mission, they were often available to support the US Coast Guard and other agencies in Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. The 6594th Test Group had one of the best records for open water rescues in the U.S. Air Force.

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6594th Test Group Patches

6594th Test Group Citations

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6594th Test Group Operations History

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6594th Test Group Reunion information

Reunion Name: 6593rd Test Sqd/ 6594th Test Grp/Catch a Fallen Star
Date: Sep 14 - Sep 18, 2015
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Place: Hale Koa Hotel
Contact: Mike Dauth
Web Page: http://www.6594thTestGroup.org
Email: michael_dauth
Phone: 4‌1‌0‌-‌5‌6‌2‌-‌8‌9‌7‌1
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