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.
Frederic S. Fitzsimmons
Preferred Name: Frederic
Date of Birth: August 22, 1937
Highest Military Grade: 0-4 – Major
Frederic Fitzsimmons was a researcher for the U.S. Air Force Academy Institute for Information Technology. He flew the F-100 with the 10th Tactical Fighter Squadron, put of Hahn AB, Germany.