Air Force Memorial

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Dena Kennett, ASLA

After more than a decade of disputes over the location of the memorial, the Air Force Memorial dedication took place in 2006. The emotionally powerful design by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and OLIN honors those in the Air Force who have given their lives in defense of the United States. The 210-feet soaring spires were designed to evoke the contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds as they perform their signature “Bomb Burst” maneuver.

The Air Force Memorial maybe the most distinct service memorial in the area, its three stainless steel arms projecting above Arlington National Cemetery are visible from the Kennedy Center, Washington Monument, and the Capitol dome. 

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