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.
Clarence P. Bell
C.P. served as the 74th TFS Squadron Commander at England AFB, LA, and as an F-100 Pilot earlier in the 48FBW/492FBS at Luke AFB, AZ, and during his combat tour in Viet Nam. His last assignment after HQ TAC was to Clovis AFB, NM, as the Wing DCM.
After the USAF, C.P. and his wife Mona moved to their 40 Acre Farm near Joplin, MO, and dabbled in Real Estate and Antique sales. CP’s favorite hobby was a 1940 Ford built for drag racing.