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.
George W. Dooley, Jr.
Born and raised in Lynchburg, VA. His childhood dream was to fly jet fighters and in 1949. He received a commission as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute. By 1954, George had served in the Korean War and then flew in Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey, and Italy. George flew, F-86’s and F-100’s and was a highly regarded Instructor Pilot. He last flying assignment was as the 353rd Tac Fighter Commander at Torrejon AFB, Spain.