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.
Phillip L. Carson
Preferred Name: Phil
Nickname/Call Sign: Porky
Date of Birth: May 13, 1939
Highest Military Grade: 0-5 – Lieutenant Colonel
Hometown: Alpine, TX
Phil Carson flew the F-100 from 1967-1968 with the 90th Tactical Fighter Squadron, out of Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam.