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 Stainsby Rivers
Preferred Name: John
Nickname/Call Sign: Limit Lead
Date of Birth: July 26, 1929
Highest Military Grade: 0-5 – Lieutenant Colonel
John Rivers flew the F-100 with the 55th, 77th, 309th, and 306th Tactical Fighter Squadrons.