Sergeant John Bowers was a blue-collar ground crew chief for the United States Air Force. He got into a romantic affair with his USAF colleague Larry Trainor, a married man, but he witnessed the horrible accident during a flight test that nearly killed Larry and turned him into the Negative Man.[1] Even though he feared having his sexuality discovered by the military, he wanted to get away with Larry after the flight test, but the accident caused Larry to leave him.[2]