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Barksdale AFB in Bossier Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

SR-71 Memorial Dedication

8th Air Force Museum

 

—Barksdale Air Force Base —

 
SR-71 Memorial Dedication Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 3, 2017
1. SR-71 Memorial Dedication Marker
Inscription. USAF aerial reconnaissance can trace its roots back to the American War between the states, when balloons carried aloft battlefield observers. The invention of the aircraft offered exciting new possibilities. The Wright brothers courted the air service with their new "flyer" as an excellent platform for battlefield reconnaissance. The airplane got its first observation test in 1911, but came into its own during World War I from 1914-1918. Aerial reconnaissance has become a crucial tool for war fighting commanders and an indispensable factor in diplomacy and maintaining peace throughout the world. The ultimate aircraft built from the ground up for the reconnaissance mission was the SR-71 now on display at the 8th Air Force Museum. Known as the black bird, the SR-71's sleek profile masks its location in the air and protects its mission, peaceful reconnaissance. The Wright brothers could not have imagined that their first powered flight would fly almost exactly the length of the SR-71, which 62 years later would soar from Kitty Hawk beyond the speed of sound and faster than a speeding bullet.

VFW Post 5951 Bossier City, Louisiana and Centuries and Hill Crest Cemeteries dedicate this monument in recognition of the dedication and the sacrifice of those who served in the mission of USAF reconnaissance.
 
Location.
SR-71 Memorial Dedication Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 3, 2017
2. SR-71 Memorial Dedication Marker
32° 30.675′ N, 93° 40.889′ W. Marker is in Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, in Bossier Parish. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lindbergh Road and Shreveport Road. Touch for map. Marker is located on Barksdale Air Force Base near the 8th Air Force Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Barksdale AFB LA 71110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Joseph J. Nazzaro (here, next to this marker); General Ira C. Eaker (within shouting distance of this marker); 1999 Omar N. Bradley Spirit of Independence Award (within shouting distance of this marker); 34th Bomb Group Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General Lewis Elton Lyle (within shouting distance of this marker); "Hell's Angels" (within shouting distance of this marker); 486th Bombardment Group (H) Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 344th Bomb Group (M) AAF Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barksdale AFB.
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
Lockheed SR-71A "Blackbird" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 3, 2017
3. Lockheed SR-71A "Blackbird"
SR-71 Engine image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 3, 2017
4. SR-71 Engine
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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