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.
Clive James Grewell
Jim Grewell was born in Marshalltown on March 4, 1939. He attended schools in Storm Lake, Buena Vista College, and University of Iowa. In the mid 1960’s, Jim trained as Super Sabre pilot and served with the Iowa National Air Guard for ten years. After his service he flew with commercial airlines.
He was married to Kaleen Hoover of Wisconsin and had a son, Gregory, and a daughter, Jodi, both born in Iowa. They owned Grewell Electric, an electrical construction business at Okoboji and Spirit Lake Iowa. In 1980, Jim moved his family to Colorado to continued flying commuter airlines; he was then a Pilot Flight Engineer for 15 years with a major airline.
After retirement, he enjoyed membership in retired pilot’s associations and retired military pilot’s reunions.