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.
Richard Leo Meyer
Richard “Dick” Meyer was destined to be a pilot as his passion for flying led him to obtain his pilot’s license when he was just 16 years old. He attended The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. from 1951-1955 where he met and married the love of his life, JoAnn Stewart.
He was immediately commissioned into the USAF in 1955. JoAnn and Dick lived throughout the United States, Europe & the Middle East during his 30 year career.
Dick was a command pilot with more than 4000 hours flying time and 100 combat missions in Vietnam. Some of his military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and the Air Force Commendations Medal. After 30 years, Dick retired in Austin,Texas as Brigadier General & Vice Commander of 12th Air Force.
He belonged to the American Legion, the Daedalion (retired military pilots) and the retired General officers organization. He was a member of the Manchaca United Methodist Church.(1)