100 Years on Target!

Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show

Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, 2021

Come with family and friends and spend a great day packed with spectacular displays at the nation's premier strategic bomber base.

Admission is FREE!

Parking & Entry are FREE! One Ticket per Vehicle is Required.

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• May 8 and May 9.
• Gates open at 9:00 a.m.
• Show Starts at 11:00 a.m.
• Show ends at approximately 4:00 p.m.


Free, on-base parking on the flight line to view the show. One ticket per vehicle is required. Free Tickets. No overnight parking permitted.


No weapons allowed. Vehicles and persons are subject to search. Unmask in your tailgating space. Mask up when you cross boundaries or use the restrooms.

Food / Drink

Food and drinks will be NOT be available for purchase. Please bring what you need. Grills and cooking devices are not permitted. No glass bottles.

USAF Thunderbirds

Every F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the Thunderbirds has a two-person team responsible for the successful launch, recovery, maintenance, and overall safety and cleanliness of that jet. This elite group of maintainers responsible for the Thunderbirds ground show is called ‘Showline.’

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F22 Demo Team

The Air Combat Command F-22 Demo Team performs aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the fifth-generation fighter. The team joins the Air Force Heritage flight to exhibit the professional qualities the USAF develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft. 

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Kent Pietsch

While most aerobatic performers have one basic program, Kent executes three storied acts that leave spectators mesmerized. These include a dead-stick (turning the engine off) routine from 6,000 feet and a rooftop landing on a moving RV!

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Virtual Aircraft Tours

Starbase STEM Zone has created a series of virtual aircraft tours for this year's air show. "Igniting A Passion For Learning" by reviewing these tours in place of our usual static displays.

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The Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show is organized and hosted by the 2nd Bomb Wing Barksdale Air Force Base with the support of the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council.

Held for the first time in 1933, the Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show is a full-weekend spectacular featuring displays of the latest, as well as historic, military and civilian aircraft and other related performers.

The Barksdale Defender of Liberty Air & Space Show serves to enhance public awareness of U.S. Air Force capabilities and the Barksdale AFB mission through static displays and aerobatic performances. Likewise, it allows Shreveport-Bossier City to showcase Louisiana as the home of the B-52, pay tribute to service members,  and support the recruiting arm of the United States Armed Forces.

Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show

For any inquiries, please contact us at: Public Affairs Division, 2d Bomb Wing (AFGSC), 109 Barksdale Blvd West Suite 209, Barksdale AFB LA 71110-2270

Office: (318) 456-1015
Email: 2BW.PA@us.af.mil Military Affairs Council Communications

This website is operated exclusively by the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council.
No Federal endorsement is intended.