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.
Onofrio J. Andrews
Onofrio “Niffy” Andrews went to “Officer training in Missouri and jet training in Texas [which] was followed by more training, according to Andrews. After four months at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix for gunnery training, he spent two months in Nevada before an “F-100 checkout” which preceded a four-year tour in Europe. Three of those years would be spent flying the F-100 on nuclear alert, which meant “getting to the aircraft, starting and taking off within 15 minutes” remembers Andrews. “Serious business,” he says, “with a slim chance of delivery and return.” “(1)
Source: (1) Veterans Voice: Bristol man recalls the pride and grit of being a fighter pilot, by Mary K. Talbot, Special to The [Providence, RI] Journal. For the full article go to https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/local/2021/01/24/onofrio-niffy-andrews-flew-jets-air-force-during-cuban-missile-crisis-and-vietnam-war/6679084002/