Barksdale AFB Defenders of Liberty 2012 Air Show

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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!

2011 Reflections: Part 1

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2011 was an interesting year for me and my family, to say the least. Over the course of twelve months, we experienced:

  • 3 deaths (all grandparents)
  • 1 wedding (my sister)
  • 2 surgeries (both mine)

In short, there was a lot of time spent in mourning, celebration, and recovery. We experienced more change last year than I have ever experienced in my entire life. I am hoping that 2012 turns out to be a less eventful, much calmer year. One can only deal with so many changes at a time. So, happy new year and welcome 2012!