Air show brings ‘sound of freedom’ to area

Photo provided by Kevin Shannahan

The “sound of freedom” was in evidence throughout this past weekend as jet engines from a wide variety of aircraft roared for delighted crowds at the 2023 Defenders of Liberty Air Show held at Barksdale Air Force Base March 25-26.

Well over 100,000 people from north Louisiana and surrounding states took advantage of the opportunity to visit Louisiana’s only Air Force base and see aircraft displays and acrobatic flying.

Barksdale is home to one of only two bases hosting the iconic B-52 bomber, an aircraft that has served our nation in combat from the Vietnam war to the present day. There were several of the massive bombers on display for visitors to see. Another B-52 made a low level flyover of the crowd, demonstrating just how massive the aircraft truly is. Each of the nation’s military services had displays, as did several local police departments.

The airshow also featured several civilian aerobatic flying teams, including Coushatta’s very own Kevin  Coleman. Ruston’s Louisiana Tech was well represented by several students from Tech’s aviation program and Tech’s own aircraft.

The headliner for this year’s show was the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. The Blue Angels flight team put on their show of precision acrobatic flying.

The Defenders of Liberty Air Show is a bi-annual event that is presented to the community by Barksdale Air Force Base and the Shreveport/Bossier Military Affairs Council.