Barksdale Global Power Museum

Sam Bulgar

An iconic airplane of World War II, the B-17, will touch down at Shreveport Downtown Airport on Friday, May 3, and be open for tours and flights around Shreveport/Bossier.  It’s owned by the Gulf Coast Wing, a unit of the Commemorative Air Force. Historian Christopher Ebdon of Houston said this B-17 is one of three still in existence, and the only one still flying. It was used by the Navy for early warning radar. Ebdon said it came off the assembly line, along with another B-17, that is displayed on the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Kate Archer Kent

Thousands of visitors go through the Barksdale Global Power Museum each month. Director Amy Russell is charged with renovating the museum, and some exhibits haven’t been changed out since it opened in 1978. Through the updates, Russell aims to make the museum resonate with a wide audience.

Kate Archer Kent

The Barksdale Global Power Museum is undergoing a transformation. The exhibits, some dating back to 1978, are being redone and modernized. Eventually, they’ll tell a cohesive story about the role of Barksdale Air Force Base through time and the heritage of the bomber.