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.
Joseph E. Haines
Joe says “Eleven years in the Air Force was a real ball!! I did no time in an operational TAC Squadron.
I was very fortunate to do two tours at Luke and one at Wheelus instructing. Instructing gunnery, I think, was some of the best flying.
Enjoyed working with students.
Making the decision to leave the Air Force after eleven years was real tough but as it turned out it was the best choice.
In 1984 got a homebuilt kit, Glasair TD (taildragger). Certified “experimental 7/87. 1040 hours in type!
Still getting vertical, 4Gs, trying to get the Marines at Cherry Point to play!!