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.
Grover C. Crocker
Charter Member Davy got a head start on his 509th FBS mates at Langley with an early A-model checkout at Nellis as this tale tells. After the D-model Phase VI Gunnery testing stint, he helped ferry D’s back to Langley, and when the squadron was combat ready, they deployed to Landstuhl, Germany, for six months of Nuclear Alert duty.
When the 405th FBW was deactivated, most of the pilots were “SACumcised.” Davy avoided that by taking charge of the T-33 Training and Proficiency Flight at HQ TAC. However, that fork ended the 300-plus hour Hun portion of his adventurous flying career. (1)
Source (1): From Issue 9 of The Intake