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Love of Aircraft Led to Top Secret Satellite Mission

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by Mark Swendra

Each year, Hal Behnke gets to share stories and reunite with a group of guys who had the challenging task of retrieving (while in midair) film canisters, about the size of a garbage can, that had been ejected from some of the earliest spy satellites.

He belonged to a top secret Air Force unit in Hawaii — 6594th Test Group —in the 1970s and 1980s. The group will hold its annual reunion this October in Savannah.

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