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.
Ray Hanson was a graduate of West Point Military Academy. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired after 23 years of service.
Raymond was a member of the West Point Association of Graduates, the Order of Daedalians, and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.