The Bellaire Public Library is pleased to announce that John L. Haigh Sr., a member of the Air Force One flight crew for nearly 13 years, will present a free program chronicling his extraordinary life on August 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the Community Room of the library.
Personally, I had the time of my life, fulfilling my dreams of world travels, and it truly was a privilege and pleasure to serve the Presidents aboard Air Force One. - John L. Haigh Sr.
Mr. Haigh grew up in a small coal mining community in western Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He volunteered for flying duty and was sent to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey in 1963. From there, he traveled all over the world transporting troops.
In 1973, he volunteered and was accepted into the 89th military airlift wing, special air mission's organization at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, which required a top secret clearance, and was the home of Air Force One.
His missions included flights with the Apollo 17 astronauts (the last men to walk on the moon), the prime minister of India, the premier of China, the Chancellor of Germany, the President of Turkey, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, President Carter's mother - Ms. Lillian, and Vice Presidents Ford and Mondale.
In 1979, he was selected as a permanent member of the Air Force One flight crew and served Presidents Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.