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Abilene, Kan. - The public is invited to join the May Lunch & Learn program on Thursday, May 23, at 12 p.m. noon central time at the Eisenhower Presidential Library. The hybrid program will be held in the Library building indoor courtyard and online via YouTube Livestream. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 11:45 a.m. A light box-lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Guest speaker David Haight, will explore the significant aerial intelligence events that unfolded during Eisenhower's presidency. The focus will be on the daring flights conducted along the periphery of the USSR and China. We will delve into the strategic maneuvers involving direct overflights by USAF and RAF bombers equipped with cameras, use of balloons, U-2 program and the satellite reconnaissance through CORONA. Join us on a journey through these pivotal moments in history that shaped the landscape of intelligence gathering during this era.

After receiving his M.A. from Wichita State University, Haight dedicated over 37 years to his role as an archivist at the Eisenhower Presidential Library. He was primarily involved in the declassification program. Haight's published article in the Winter 2009 issue of PROLOGUE, titled "Ike and his Spies in the Sky," showcases his expertise in intelligence and foreign relations records. 

The 2024 Waging Peace program series is made possible courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation with generous support from the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation.

About the Eisenhower Presidential Library

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is one of 15 Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. They preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. Public programs and exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library are made possible in part through the generous support of the Eisenhower Foundation. To learn more, visit