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 Edward Gill
Preferred Name: John
Nickname/Call Sign: Gummy or Corky
Date of Birth: March 18, 1933
Highest Military Grade: E-4 – Buck Sergeant
Hometown: Elmira, NY
John Gill was the crew chief with the Thunderbirds in 1962. In 1966 he flew the F-100 D&F with the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, out of Cannon AFB, NM.
John and his wife Andrea are the owners of Gill Pottery in Elmira, NY.