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.
William R. Collette
Preferred Name: Bill
Date of Birth: October 22, 1939
Highest Military Grade: Select
Bill Collette flew the F-100 from 1964-1967 with the 492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron/48th Tactical Fighter Wing out of Lakenheath RAFB, England.