Barksdale AFB Defenders of Liberty 2012 Air Show

Back in April, my family and I headed East to Shreveport, Louisiana for the Barksdale Air Force Base Defenders of Liberty 2012 Air Show.

Normally the air show is held in May, not this year. Holding the show earlier meant much nicer weather!
Now, for those of you who don’t know, the air show is free to the public. Talk about an ultimate recruitment event. The show features different planes from different eras. Some planes you can walk into and others you can at least touch.
Unless they are running. 🙂
I always wanted a plane like this as a kid. The thought of sitting up front in the glass nose had/has a certain appeal.

Would you fly The Widow Maker?

At one point I turned around and saw this.

The following are more “artistic shots”. Enjoy!

Looks like it is part of a spaceship.
I love the classic looking nose light.

A big thanks to all the service men and women who made this event possible. The memories of time spent with family, crawling over airplanes, and my son crying as the Thunderbirds screamed over the parking lot are memories I won’t soon forget. I’ll see ya’ll next year!

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