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.
Richard C. Ames
Preferred Name: Rick
Date of Birth: August 2, 1944
Highest Military Grade: 0-3 – Captain
Hometown: Houston, TX
Rick Ames flew the F-100 with the 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron/35th Tactical Fighter Wing, out of Phan Rang AB, Vietnam.