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.
William Andrew Burleigh
Flying along, low and slow, with my observer looking for bad guys hiding in the bush down in the delta. Sure enough, there was one and he woke up in a really bad mood. As he emptied an AK magazine, I hollered to the Cobra above “taking fire. I am hit!”.
The Cobra calmly said, “are you hit, or is the aircraft hit”. My reply was forceful, stating “I am hit” and the observer took the controls and promptly starting flying us into the ground. I gently pulled back on the stick to save his feelings and all was well with the day.
And then there was the time…….