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.
John Robert Dyrdahl
John R. “Bob” Dyrdahl graduated from Shelby High School in 1948 and that year bought his own farmland north of Devon and farmed until he entered the Air Force as a pilot in 1956. Bob served his country for 10 years in active service and another 10 years in the Air National Guard in Great Falls and retired from service in 1976 at the rank of Major.
Bob’s true love was flying. After retiring from flying jets, he continued farming for most of his life where he was able to keep flying doing crop-dusting.