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.
Marion Donald Garrett
I had pilot training at Marianna, FL and Greenville, MS, then F-100 training at Luke and Nellis. I served in the Fight’en Tenth TFS, Hahn AB Germany as a Victor Alert Pilot for four years and as an F-100 instructor.
I then served four years at Del Rio, TX as a T38 Instructor and Academic Instructor, separated from active duty in 1969, and worked for the Louisiana ANG as an alert pilot in the F102 and transitioned into the F-100 and served as a Technician Instructor and 122TFS Commander.
My next move was to GA ANG at Dobbins AFB in 1973 to transition the unit into F100s. I served as the 116TFG/DO and then as 116TFW/DO and Technician Air Commander, then returned to the LA ANG in 1979 at New Orleans as the 159TFG/CC to convert the unit to the F4.
In 1983 returned to active duty as the Reserve Forces Advisor to the 12AF/CC at Bergstrom AFB. I accepted the 125FW/CC position on active duty in the FL ANG at Jacksonville in 1987 and served until retirement in 1990.
After retiring from the USAF, I worked for the FAA from 1990-2000 as an Aviation Safety Inspector and checked out in the B-727 and B-737.
I presently live in Fort Mill, SC and terrorize the golf course.