USAF C-119 aircraft and crews practice space capsule recovery in the Discoverer program
Honolulu Hawaii USA Date:1959, November Duration:1 min 55 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Several C-119J aircraft of the U.S. Air Force 6593rd Test Squadron (Special) take off in succession from Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, on missions to develop and test capability to snag space capsules parachuting to earth from satellites in orbit. (Note: The mission of the 6593rd Test Squadron was to recover film capsules returning to earth from orbiting Corona photoreconnaissance satellites, during the 1960s. Their JC-119s had "beavertail" doors that could be opened in flight [unlike clamshell doors that had to be left behind for open-door operations in other C-119s]. All American Engineering Company installed the special recovery equipment in the squadron's aircraft. The 6593rd Squadron accomplished the first successful mid-air recovery of an object from an orbiting satellite, on 19 August 1960, when they captured a film capsule released in the Corona Discoverer 14 Satellite mission.)
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