Barksdale Field was named in honor of 2nd Lieutenant Eugene Hoy Barksdale (1895–1926) on February 2, 1933. Lieutenant Barksdale received his wings in Great Britain in 1918 and flew with the British during World War I. Barksdale died on August 11, 1926 over McCook Field near Dayton, Ohio when testing a Douglas O-2 observation airplane for spin characteristics. He did not recover from a flat spin while parachuting out of the plane, and his parachute was caught in the wing's brace wires, causing Barksdale to fall to his death. He was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
The name of the airfield was changed to Barksdale Air Force Base on February 13, 1948 concurrent with the establishment of the United States Air Force as a separate military branch.
Airships were still in use when field construction began, so Hangars One and Two were built large enough to accommodate them. No airships were ever assigned, but each hangar was large enough to accommodate two B-52 aircraft wingtip to wingtip, which proved invaluable for Big Belly and Pacer Plank modifications managed by Boeing's Wichita plant between 1965 and 1973. For more information on the modifications, see B-52 missions from U-Tapao. Half of the B-52Fs mentioned were deployed from Barksdale, but never returned as they were replaced by B-52Gs after the Vietnam War.
Barksdale is a beginner level trail that is a mix of singletrack and fireroads. It is a great place to take the family on a biking excursion. With some exploring more advanced riders will find something to keep themselves entertained, but it is not really a mountain biking destination trail, so it is not recommend to go out of your way or come a long distance to ride this one.
Located on the East Reservation of Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. To access this trail, you must have someone with base privileges sign you in at the guard gate. You will need proof of insurance, driver's license and registration for your vehicle to enter. If you don't have an escort, you will not be allowed to enter the base. It's a nice trail and well worth the trouble of getting on base. For group rides, folks usually meet at the gate and everyone enters at the same time.