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.
Dale Leroy Hartman
Dale Leroy Hartman was born April 2, 1935, in Ottumwa, IA. He was the youngest of four children born to Frank and Lulu Hartman of Chillicothe, Iowa.
Dale graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1953 and attended Iowa State University on a track scholarship. He then attended Officer Training School as a USAF Cadet, before serving in the U.S. Air Force and the Iowa Air National Guard for 30 years.