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.
Samuel G. Flowers, Jr.
During his military career, Sam flew, trained, taught, and fought for this country in a variety of aircraft: T-33 Thunderbird, T-38 Talon, F-84 Thunder-Jet, F-86 Sabre, F-100 Super Sabre, A-4 Skyhawk, and Al -E Skyraider.
As well as for the USAF, he flew exchange duty with the US Marines and Taiwanese Air Force. Sam flew and fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars where he received the Military Medal, the Vietnam Medal, the Air Medal, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Throughout his career, he became a Flight Commander and Command Pilot. Sam was devoted to his country and sacrificed much for its protection through his direct efforts and the training of other pilots. Sam retired from the US Air Force in July of 1972 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Source: Schnider Funeral Home