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.
Robert T. Cetola
Brigadier General Robert Cetola’s last assignment before retiring from the USAF in 1999, was as the senior Air Force Reservist responsible for the organization and training of Reserve personnel serving at more than 90 Defense Logistics Agency locations in the United States and overseas. He was co-chairman of the Defense Logistics Agency Reserve Forces Advisory Council, responsible for the joint mission performance of 1,500 Reservists from the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marines.
In his civilian life, Robert was the director of an advanced technology company.