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.
Claude A. Ward, Jr.
Claude “Dad” Ward “was drafted into the U.S. military, which led to a 27-year Air Force career where he served in WWII, the Korean War and Viet Nam. He rose to the position of Lt. Colonel.
He earned the nickname “Dad” for being the problem-solving go-to guy, even for those older than he. After the Air Force, he began a second career in heating and air conditioning, primarily as General Manager of Peachtree Trane. During this time, his dream of owning land was realized as he quietly accumulated over 100 acres of farm land in Hartwell, GA, dubbed “Far Away Farm”.” (1)