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.
Robert A. Hanson
Preferred Name: Bob
Date of Birth: July 19, 1932
Highest Military Grade: 0-5 – Lieutenant Colonel
Hometown: Bridgeport/Steubenville, OH
In 1957 Bob Hanson was flying the F-86, when he transitioned to the F-100A Transition at Nellis AFB, NV. From 1957 to 1958 he flew the Hun with the 31st Tactical Fighter Squadron, out of Turner AFB, GA.