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.
Gordon E. Denton
Gordon “Sonny” Denton flew the F-100C from 1963-1968 with the 188th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the NMANG, then from 1968-6/1969 with the 188th Tactical Fighter Squadron/31st Tactical Fighter Wing out of Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam. He then returned to the NMANG from 1969-1983 flying the F-100 and the A-7 D and K models.