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.
Charles A. Beasley
Major Chuck Beasley, a TX ANG pilot with the 182nd Fighter-Interceptor Squadron played an important role in an emergency landing of a crippled commercial jetliner with 98 passengers. The jet had blown a tire when taking off from San Francisco and headed for Kellly AFB’s long 12,000-foot runway.
Beasley flew his F-102 beneath the transport to make a visual determination that a wheels-up landing could be attempted.
Source: Air Reservist Magazine, Dec 1967/Jan1968