Barksdale Global Power Museum

The airpark at Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, Louisiana
The airpark at Barksdale
in Bossier City, Louisiana (Staff photo)

The Global Power Museum is located at Barksdale Air Force Base and is a major national repository of historic Air Force airplanes. It is free and open to the public, accessible via the Barksdale AFB north gate. It was formerly known as the 8th Air Force Museum until 2012.

The facility features a series of indoor exhibits and displays, and an outdoor airpark of restored, historic aircraft and related equipment. The airpark also includes numerous sculptures and monuments to various individuals and groups of the Eighth Air Force.

It is one of nearly twenty official field units of the Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.

The Barksdale Global Power Association operates independently of Barksdale AFB and supports the facility thru a variety of projects, events and services.

Aircraft on Display at the Global Power Museum Airpark

All aircraft are located outdoors, and are accessible via a flat, paved sidewalk. It features several famous, and rare, airplanes.

Of the 18,493 B-24 Liberators that were built, there are only eight B-24 surviving aircraft today. In the United States, only two aircraft are airworthy, and six complete airframes are on static display, including "Louisiana Belle II" at Barksdale.

Sculpture of General Ira C. Eaker, part of the Mall of Memories
Sculpture of General Ira C. Eaker, part of the Mall of Memories
(Photo by Planes Of The Past staff)

A total of 3,970 B-29 Superfortress aircraft were built during production at four assembly plants during World War II. Yet only about 22 complete B-29 airframes have survived and are on display in the United States, including the B-29 at Barksdale.

Nearly 13,000 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers were produced as part of the massive World War II military build-up. It became one of the most famous, and successful, airplanes ever built.

Today, a total of only 39 surviving B-17 airframes are located in the U.S., including the B-17G "Miss Liberty" restored and on display in Bossier City.

Among the aircraft on display are the following:

  • B-17G Flying Fortress
  • B-24J Liberator
  • Scene from the Barksdale airpark
    Scene from the airpark at the Barksdale Global Power Museum
    (Staff photo)
    B-29 Superfortress
  • B-47E Stratojet
  • B-52D Stratofortress
  • B-52G Stratofortress
  • KC-97L Stratotanker
  • KC-135A Stratotanker
  • P-51D Mustang
  • F-84F Thunderstreak
  • FB-111A Aardvark
  • Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
  • T-33 Shooting Star
  • C-45F Expeditor
  • C-47A Skytrain
  • AT-11 Kansan
  • Avro Vulcan
  • other aircraft and related equipment

Visiting the Global Power Museum

Dedicated in 1979, the Barksdale Global Power Museum hosts 50,000 visitors annually. We have visited the facility on multiple occasions, and highly recommended it to everyone with an interest in the Air Force, Barksdale AFB, and aviation history.

Tail markings of B-29 Superfortress 487627 including the logo of the 8th Air Force
Tail markings of B-29 Superfortress 487627 including the logo of the 8th Air Force
(Photo by Planes Of The Past)

It is located at 88 Shreveport Road, in Bossier City, accessible via the North Gate Road.

Visitors must stop at the Barksdale AFB North Gate (see map below) and inform the guard that they are visiting the airpark. The driver must surrender his/her driver's license to the guard, to be returned upon exit at the base gate. Others in the vehicle may also be required to show, and surrender, a photo ID. Once cleared by the guard, visitors must take an immediate left into the parking lot.

Parking is free. A Government issued ID, (drivers license, passport, etc.) is required to gain entry at the building entrance.  No backpacks, briefcases or large bags are allowed, and visitors must sign-in upon entering.

Normal opening hours are 9:30am to 4:00pm daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

Rows of historic, restored aircraft at the Barksdale outdoor airpark
Rows of historic, restored aircraft at the Barksdale outdoor airpark
(Photo by Planes Of The Past)

However, since the building is located on an active Air Force Base, it is recommended you call before traveling to learn of any restrictions currently in place or changes in operating hours.

Once inside, visitors can view a 20-minute video about the history of Barksdale AFB, as well as six different exhibit galleries that tell the story of the base. The displays include the items used by former President George W. Bush when he briefed the media from Barksdale on September 11, 2001 after the terrorist attacks that morning. Another new exhibit recreates the home of U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Eugene Hoy Barksdale, for whom the base is named.



All aircraft exhibits are located outdoors in a linear airpark along a paved sidewalk that runs from the building parking lot to the north. The distance from the parking lot to the northernmost aircraft, the KC-135, is about 2,000 feet. On hot days, be sure to bring bottled water, and use sunscreen.

Also located on the premises is a gift shop, featuring shirts, caps, airplane models, patches, photographs and many other items related to the Air Force, the Strategic Air Command, Barksdale AFB, and the Eighth Air Force.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The facility is staffed by volunteers, who do a great job of keeping it operating, with only limited funding. The operating budget provided by the Air Force is earmarked for standard administrative costs, such as printer paper, ink, computer equipment, office equipment, etc.

All other work is supported by funds raised by the Association's efforts or by donations at the entrance.

For more information, phone (318) 456-5553 or (318) 752-0055.

Aerial View and Map of the Barksdale North Gate, Parking, and the Barksdale airpark

Aerial View and Map of the Barksdale Global Force Museum

Barksdale Air Force Base History and the Base Today

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
B-52 Stratofortress on display at Barksdale AFB
(Photo by Planes Of The Past)

Barksdale Air Force Base is named in honor of Lt. Eugene Hoy Barksdale, Air Corps, U.S. Army, who lost his life in August 1926. During World War II, the base supported B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-29 Superfortress, B-26 Marauders, and other aircraft.

The Boeing Boeing B-47 Stratojet bomber and Boeing KC-97 Stratofreighter aerial tanker were assigned to the base during the 1950s under the 301st and 376th Bomb Wings.

The first B-52 Stratofortress arrived at Barksdale in August of 1958, followed by the first KC-135 Stratotanker shortly afterwards.

Today, Barksdale AFB continues to be a major active military facility and a major contributor to the economy of the Shreveport area.

The 2d Bomb Wing conducts the primary mission of Barksdale Air Force Base, with three squadrons of B-52H Stratofortress bombers - the 11th Bomb Squadron, which is the training squadron, the 20th Bomb Squadron and the 96th Bomb Squadron.

Photographs of the Barksdale Global Power Museum

Consolidated (Ford) B-24J Liberator "Louisiana Belle II" S/N 44-8781
Consolidated (Ford) B-24J Liberator "Louisiana Belle II" S/N 44-8781
Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627, Buzz Number BF-627
Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627, Buzz Number BF-627
Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627
Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627
Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627
Tail section of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627
8th Air Force logo on the tail markings of B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627
8th Air Force logo on the tail markings of B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340
Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340
Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, S/N 51-1386, Buzz Number FS-386
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, S/N 51-1386, Buzz Number FS-386
Boeing B-47E Stratojet, S/N 53-2276
Boeing B-47E Stratojet, S/N 53-2276
B-52D Stratofortress, S/N 56-0629
B-52D Stratofortress, S/N 56-0629
B-52G Stratofortress, S/N 57-6509
B-52G Stratofortress, S/N 57-6509
B-52G Stratofortress, S/N 57-6509
B-52G Stratofortress, S/N 57-6509
KC-97 Stratotanker, S/N 030240
KC-97 Stratotanker, S/N 030240, of the U.S. Air Force
SR-71A Blackbird, S/N 61-7967
SR-71A Blackbird, S/N 61-7967
Tail section of SR-71A Blackbird, S/N 61-7967
Tail section of SR-71A Blackbird, S/N 61-7967
Monument of the SR-71 Memorial Dedication, 8th Air Force Museum, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana
Monument of the SR-71 Memorial Dedication, Barksdale AFB in Louisiana
C-47A Skytrain "Hi Honey" S/N 43-16130
C-47A Skytrain "Hi Honey" S/N 43-16130
C-47A Skytrain "Hi Honey" S/N 43-16130
C-47A Skytrain "Hi Honey" S/N 43-16130 tail section view
KC-135 Stratotanker S/N 63595
KC-135 Stratotanker S/N 63595
KC-135 Stratotanker S/N 63595
Side view of the KC-135 Stratotanker S/N 63595
P-51D Mustang "Moonbeam McSwine"
P-51D Mustang "Moonbeam McSwine"
Avro Vulcan XM606 jet bomber of the British Royal Air Force (RAF)
Avro Vulcan XM606 jet bomber of the British Royal Air Force (RAF)
FB-111A Aardvark S/N 68-0284
FB-111A Aardvark S/N 68-0284
T-33 Shooting Star S/N 80615
T-33 Shooting Star S/N 80615
AT-11 Kansan S/N 3267
AT-11 Kansan S/N 3267
Beechcraft C-45F Expeditor
Beechcraft C-45F Expeditor

Interactive Map of the Barksdale Air Force Base Area

For More Information about Barksdale Air Force Base

Barksdale Air Force Base official website

Barksdale Global Power Museum official website

Defenders of Liberty Air Show


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