Shreveport

Last Modified: September 13, 20088th Air Force Museum

Aficionados of American Air Force history will find much of interest at the Eighth Air Force Museum. The first airplane put on display after the museum was established in 1978 was a B-17 Flying Fortress. This airplane was extensively used by the Mighty 8th Air Force during World War II. 28 different types of aircraft and missiles are currently displayed on the museumís 9 acres of land including a rare collection of B-17, B-24 and B-29 bombers that were actually used by our Air Force pilots to help win World War II. More modern aircraft exhibited at the museum include a B-52D that flew more than 400 missions over Viet Nam, a B-52G that served in both Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm, a Soviet Russian MiG-21F, a Titan II nose cone, a B-58 Hustler rocket sled, and the super sophisticated SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. Inside the museum, exhibits explain the history of Barksdale Air Force base, the 2nd Bomb Wing and the 8th Air Force. The museum also contains a collection of artifacts used by President George W. Bush when he was flown to Barksdale Air Force Base for protection immediately after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. 

The Eighth Air Force Museum is located at 88 Shreveport Rd. near Barksdale Air Force Base, and the contact phone number is (318) 752-0055.