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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham to Barksdale: Don't end annual air show

September 20, 2017
Press Release
Popular show would end being annual tradition if plan stays as is

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., recently led a letter from members of the Louisiana Congressional delegation to command at the Barksdale Air Force Base requesting that base leadership reconsider their decision to end the popular annual air show and instead hold it only on alternating years.

Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy and Congressman Mike Johnson joined Dr. Abraham in signing the letter.

“Since it was first held in 1932, the Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show has played a significant role in developing public support and enthusiasm for aviation, helping to inspire a new generation of pilots and building support and enthusiasm for the U.S. Air Force and its programs. Allowing the public to see and experience U.S. Air Force operations up close instills a sense of great pride and patriotism that can only come from seeing U.S. Air Force aircraft in action,” the members wrote.

The air show attracts more than 150,000 visitors to the Shreveport-Bossier area, resulting in millions in tourism dollars that contribute to the local economy.

“We’re very fortunate to have Barksdale in Louisiana, and we greatly appreciate the work that Gen. Rand and his command do at the base. We’re hopeful that we can work with the base to resolve this issue so that the state and Shreveport-Bossier area can continue to benefit from the air show,” said Dr. Abraham, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and volunteers as a pilot with the Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol.

To view the letter, click here.