Michael enlisted in the United States Airforce in 1982. He contributed in the liberation of Kuwait; participating in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. After serving 10 years, he was honorably discharged in 1992. He returned to school, graduating from Atlanta Technical Institute, and received a diploma in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Later, he earned his Airframe and Powerplant from the FAA.
Based on the actual crash of a World War II, B-25 Bomber that flew into the Empire State Building