Flyover in Shreveport-Bossier of Barksdale's B-52 bomber to honor healthcare workers

The 2nd Bomb Wing will be honoring local healthcare workers with a very special flyover on Friday.


B-52 bombers of the 2nd Bomb Wing headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base will flyover Bossier City, Shreveport and Monroe, in honor of healthcare workers on April 24th.


The special flyover will show appreciation and support for local healthcare workers who are at the forefront of combatting the pandemic.

The flyover will include a B-52 soaring throughout Monroe beginning at 3 p.m. and will last approximately 10-20 minutes in each city.

Local residents will be able to witness the flyover from the safety of their homes.

Military officials are asking citizens to keep social distancing guidelines during this event.

Event planners say participants should also refrain from traveling to local landmarks or gathering in extensive grounds to view the flyover.

“The men and women of Barksdale are honored to fly for the healthcare workers who continue to commit themselves during this unprecedented time in our nation,” said Col. Michael Miller, the 2nd Bomb Wing commander.

“They are true heroes and we look forward to demonstrating the support of the 685,000 total force Airmen of the U.S. Air Force for healthcare workers in our community and across the nation.”

The B-52 flight path in Monroe will start at approximately 3 p.m. from the South up 165, loop to the north of town, and around to I-20 headed west.

In Shreveport, the B-52 will hit all major medical centers in the area beginning at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Residents along the flight path can expect a few seconds of jet noise as the aircraft passes overhead, along with the sight of one of the nation’s most flexible bombers.

“Our B-52 is low and slow enough that no one should gather up to see us fly,” Miller said. “We need the folks in our community to look up and enjoy the display from their homes while keeping our brave medical care providers in their hearts.”