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Barksdale AFB, LA

Barksdale AFB, LA 71110  |  Base Operator: DSN 781-8400, (318) 456-8400

Barksdale AFB: Overview

Barksdale AFB is home of the 2nd Bomb Wing (2 BW), which is the oldest of its kind in the Air Force. The inventory of the 2nd Bomb Wing includes the B-52H Stratofortress. This platform has been in service since 1955 and the Air Force plans on keeping it in service until 2040 due to the fact that it remains such an effective and economical heavy bomber. The 2 BW is assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command’s (AFGSC) Eighth Air Force (8 AF). The mission of the 2 BW is to provide flexible, responsive, global combat capability, autonomously or in conjunction with other forces. In addition, this unit trains all Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Force Reserve Command B-52 crews.

Construction of Barksdale AFB, which was Barksdale Field at the time, began in 1931. The flying operations on the base started on November 7, 1932 and the 20th Pursuit Group brought its three pursuit squadrons armed with the Boeing P-12 and the P-26 Peashooter. The official date of the base opening was February 2, 1933. Shortly after the base opened, it became the headquarters for the 3rd Attack Wing. In 1940, the base became an Air Corps flying school and continued to operate in that capacity throughout the Second World War.

Barksdale AFB: Education

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Barksdale AFB: Location

Barksdale AFB is located about 4 miles to east / southeast of Bossier City, Louisiana, which is in the northwest corner of the state. Shreveport is the larger sister city of Bossier City, and the two combine to make up the Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area. This metropolitan area is positioned on the western bank of the Red River and is considered the center of the Ark-La-Tex region. Interstate 20 runs through the Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area in an east to west direction. Dallas, Texas lies 185 miles to the west, Little Rock, Arkansas is 175 to the northeast, Jackson, Mississippi is 220 miles to the east, and New Orleans is 300 miles to the southeast.

Barksdale AFB: Interesting Facts

  • The base is named in honor of LT Eugene Hoy Barksdale. LT Barksdale served in the Army Air Corps and was lost on August 11, 1926 while test an observation plane over Wright-Field in Dayton, OH.
  • As of April 2008, 94 of the original 744 B-52 produced were still being maintained and utilized by the U.S. Air Force.
  • By the time the B-52 reaches its proposed airframe retirement in 2040, it will have served for nearly 80 years following the end of its production.

For more information about Barksdale AFB, please visit www.barksdale.af.mil.

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