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  • Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show 2021

    The Defenders of Liberty Air Show was first held in 1933 and is a full weekend of military and civilian aircraft, with performances and displays. The event showcased performances from the Thunderbirds, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team and a host of additional acts. It allows Shreveport-Bossier City to showcase the home of the B-52H Stratofortress, grant access to tour the military installation, view military and aerobatic performers, and support the recruiting arm of our armed forces.
  • Love of flying: a rare reunion for pilot couple

    The Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Air and Space Show, brought together over 80,000 families and spectators from the Ark-La-Tex region May 18 and 19, 2019 to witness a full weekend of military and civilian aircraft performances and displays. For one Air Force family, a trip to the air show held more significance than just a weekend of entertainment. With duty stations more than 200 miles apart, Maj. Natasha E. Blankenship, a C-17 Globemaster III pilot with the 183rd Airlift Squadron in Jackson, Mississippi, and her husband, Maj. John R. Blankenship, a B-52 Stratofortress pilot with the 96th Bomb Squadron here, were reunited as Natasha Blankenship flew a C-17 from Jackson into Barksdale to be put on display as part of the air show.
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