BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE – The 8th Air Force Museum will officially become the Barksdale Global Power Museum in an unveiling ceremony officiated by the 2nd bomb Wing commander, Col. Andrew Gebara, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m.
This will be the first time the museum has changed its name since its creation in the 1970s. The change comes a part of a rebrand.
Anticipating their new look with a “rebrand,” 8th Air Force Museum is also planning for a new facility.
Located on Bossier City’s Barksdale Air Force Base and supported by the 8th Air Force Museum Association, the museum is in the process of seeking a new $15 million facility.
The new museum site would include a 148,000 square feet building with meeting rooms, dining areas, classrooms, auditorium, and theater, in addition to fixed and hanging aircraft displays. It would be located near I-20 on the northern edge of the base, which would allow for easier access to the public and lessen the restrictions it currently has at its location near a more security-tight area on base.
The new facility can't being until the proposed gate on the north side of the base is approved. This gate would connect I-20 to I-220.
The museum is currently one of only 12 Air Force Field Museums, is home to 28 aircraft and 120 displays and is visited by 50,000 people every year.