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 R. Hockensmith
Bill says of his USAF career that he had “Great memories of good people, interesting places, fantastic airplanes, and the wonderful flying and good times that went with them.”
After serving in the USAF, Bill worked for Chrysler Technologies Airborne Systems, Waco, TX from 1990-1991. From 1991-1998 he was in Tech Operations for Northwest Airlines out of Eagan, MN. Then from 1998-2005, he worked with Aviation Services at Rockwell Collins in Pomona, CA.
In September of 2005, he retired and says “luckily we sold the CA house at the market peak, and moved to Texas [to be] near the grandkids.”