Former Air Force One Chief Steward Shares Flight Stories
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on June 13, 2014 @ 11:43PM
Created on June 13, 2014 @ 9:51PM
Can you imagine flying around the world with the president? One man shared his story of travels during the Carter, Reagan and Bush administrations.
John Haigh served as Chief Steward on Air Force One for those presidents. His job was to make sure the Commander in Chief and his staff were comfortable and had everything they needed while in flight.
Haigh prepared meals and took care of the details for the traveling party. He served as Chief Steward from 1979 until his retirement in 1992. He even wrote a book about his experiences titled, Air Force One: An Honor, Privilege, and Pleasure To Serve.
"You pinch yourself saying 'this is the real deal'. Of course, I enjoyed it so much it was like every day was my birthday going to work. They're just like you and I. The only difference is they did extraordinary things to get there, and whether you agreed with them politically or not they were very nice people. And it made our job easy because we knew their likes and dislikes in advance. So, all we did was make sure they were comfortable and gave them things they liked," Haigh explained.
Haigh is originally from the Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
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