Dick Scobee enlisted in the Air Force in 1957 and was given an officer’s commission in 1965. He earned his wings in 1966 and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He became a test pilot in 1972 and joined NASA in 1978. In 1984, Scobee was the pilot for a Challenger mission to fix and deploy satellites. He was the commander of the ill-fated 1986 Challenger mission that ended in the shuttle’s explosion just over a minute after takeoff on 28 January 1986. Scobee and the rest of the crew were killed.