[Editor’s Note: Lieutenant Commander Michael Scott Speicher was a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet pilot from VFA-81–the “Sunliners.” His aircraft was destroyed in flight on the first not of Operation Desert Storm, making him the first combat casualty. It was a long-held theory his jet was downed by a surface-to-air missile, or SAM. The more likely scenario is he was shot down […]