Aviation museum at Barksdale Air Force Base

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Barksdale, the sign was a little dirty

Living so close to Louisiana, I find it to be the perfect place to take friends and family when they come out to visit. I also find that this is a perfect place to escape and recharge. I often go over and visit with one of my friends and we find ourselves eating at some of the most incredible place and visiting some interesting places. This weekend we took my friends, visiting from Australia, to see the planes at the Air Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base. This was a great place to walk around and see some of the actual planes used in various wars around the world. These planes range from the small prop engine to the incredible supersonic SR-71. Thy even have a Russian Mig 21 on display. There are also bombers, fighters and transport planes that you can walk up and touch. The outside area is still being worked on and new displays are being added.

a bomber

 

The best part of this experience was watching the young children get excited about the planes and what they all stood for: freedom. The children were there with their parents and we all stopped to exchange stories about our experiences with different planes and the space shuttle. The Space Shuttle entered he conversation as we discussed different bases across the country and our relationship to each one. I started talking about how my brother is an air traffic controller and has had the opportunity to land the Space Shuttle. One of the men there had to one up me by showing a photo of the piggy back ride of the space shuttle back to Florida as it made a stop in Louisiana. Well, I had to up him by telling him that I have actually seen them placing the shuttle on the 747 I CA as well as viewed a live launch in Florida. It was a lot of fun talking with them.

 

Here are a few photos of some of the planes. There are so many specifics about each plane, but self discovery seems to be a fun thing to do.

williamsworld says:
Thanks. I am getting into this more and more. I like to fly as a passenger better. Lol
Posted on: Nov 30, 2009
gimpel says:
always intresting, classic aviation.I work as a volunteer for the dutch aviation museum, it's fun.
Posted on: Nov 30, 2009
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Barksdale, the sign was a little d…
Barksdale, the sign was a little …
a bomber
a bomber
Up close and personal with a big b…
Up close and personal with a big …
Taylor getting a little history
Taylor getting a little history
Russian Mig 21
Russian Mig 21
I am the one in front of the plane
I am the one in front of the plane
one of the signs
one of the signs
B-29
B-29
Taylor and Jules
Taylor and Jules
prop plane
prop plane
standing by the Loisiana Belle II
standing by the Loisiana Belle II
Front of the plane
Front of the plane
Engines exposed
Engines exposed
Part of the propeller
Part of the propeller
war horse
war horse
USA proud
USA proud
The rear of the SR-71
The rear of the SR-71
what a work of art
what a work of art
Staring down the SR-71
Staring down the SR-71
Taylor and me at the SR-71
Taylor and me at the SR-71
Sleek and impresive
Sleek and impresive
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photo by: williamsworld