5 December 1956 – A Northrop XSM-62 Snark, 53-8172, N-69D test model, fitted with a new 24-hour stellar inertial guidance system, launches from Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex, Florida. It wanders off-course, ignores destruct command, disappears over Brazil. It is found by a farmer in January 1983. The Day They Lost the Snark By J.
Albert J. DeGroote
Colonel Albert J. DeGroote flew 283 combat missions with the 90th TFS “Pair O’ Dice” Squadron as Assistant Ops Officer. He stayed in aviation after AF retirement flying corporate aircraft, primarily as Chief Pilot for a food company flying the Gulfstream III.
At the 2015 Super Sabre Society Reunion in Dayton, OH, Al brought a radio-controlled F-100. With the help of one of his sons, he gave the group a unique experience watching it fly along with the Wright Flyer activity that day.