Defenders of Liberty Air Show shows off U.S. Air Force capabilities

Featuring U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Published: Mar. 17, 2023 at 6:43 AM CDT
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BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (KSLA) - The air show will highlight the outstanding skills and capabilities of the U.S. Air Force and showcase Shreveport-Bossier City as the home of the B-52.

On Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, the Defenders of Liberty Air Show is set to entertain and show off the skills and abilities of the U.S. Air Force and Barksdale Air Force Base with static displays and aerobatic performances.

Photos from the air show:

The air show is organized and hosted by the 2nd Bomb Wing of Barksdale Air Force Base. The event also showcases Shreveport-Bossier City as the home of the B-52, pays tribute to service members, and supports the recruiting arm of the United States Armed Forces.

You and your family and friends are invited to spend the day enjoying the thrilling displays at the nation’s premier strategic bomber base. Food and drinks will be available to purchase. No glass bottles, grills or cooking devices will be permitted.


  • March 25 and March 26.
  • Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and the show starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • The show ends at approximately 4:00 p.m.


  • U.S. Navy Blue angels
  • Red Bull Aviation
  • Rob Holland, full-time airshow pilot
  • Virtual aircraft tours

The U.S. Navy will be showcasing its Seal Virtual Reality Experience, showcasing the Nimitz, a mobile state-of-the-art virtual reality experience that simulates an actual high-speed Navy SEAL mission. The Nimitz is housed in an unfolding 18-wheeler. Participants go through a video briefing before stepping on an Oculus Rift and a piece of technology called a SubPac that percusses in real time to the sounds of the mission. Visitors will navigate the mission using a steering wheel and throttle system that replicate the actual sensation of piloting a high-speed Navy Special Warfare Combatant Craft. After finishing the mission, participants move to a debriefing station where they are graded.

Admission and parking are free. Reserved seating is available by visiting

For more information about the event, visit


Here's a recap of all the performers at the 2017 Defenders of Liberty air show at Barksdale Air Force Base (Credit: 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs)
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels at the 2017 Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show at Barksdale Air Force Base. (Source: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels)