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.
Norman J. Bennett
Norman Bennett’s Air and Space page says “A man dedicated to a love of flight. He received his Silver Wings as an Air Force pilot in June of 1955 and went on to fly B-47’s and B-52’s for SAC. After discharge, he flew F-84F’s and F-100’s for the ANG. Norm retired as a DC-10 captain after 27yrs with United Airlines in 1993.”