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.
Derek John Hine
Preferred Name: Derek
Nickname/Call Sign: Limey
Highest Military Grade: Select
Hometown: Cherry Hinton, England
From 1963-1965 Derek Hine was an RAF exchange fighter pilot flying the F-100 with the 4514th Combat Crew Training Squadron at Luke AFB, AZ. He went on to be an RAF Air Commodore.