Sunday, May 26, 2013

Air Force Memorial

The Sunday morning memorial service was again broadcast from the memorial site to the Pentagon parking lot.

The morning sun bursts off one of the stainless steel spires.

There was a Lockheed F-35 on display in the parking lot. Daddy retired before this plane,
but as a methods engineer he had a hand in many previous Lockheed models.

Daddy with the AF Memorial visible over his shoulder.
Following the memorial service, the Air Force Memorial was opened to the public. A shuttle bus was provided to ferry the audience to the site.

Standing at the base of the monument, it's difficult to grasp the vertical magnitude of the structure and practically impossible to capture in one frame--and it was way too crowded to lay down to take the shot without getting stepped on.
The spires are 201, 231, and 270 feet high.

A section of Arlington National Cemetery is visible from the hill the monument sits on.

The three spires stand for:
  1. The three core values of the Air Force: integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do.
  2. The bomb blast maneuver.
  3. Three of the four planes performing a missing man maneuver.

Notice the ray of sunlight streaking down to the base of the left spire.

Missing Man Formation: A Final Salute to a Fallen Comrade
(look carefully to see the four planes etched into clear glass, three beneath while the "missing man" pulls up)

From the other side.

The Honor Guard

I just couldn't get the whole thing in the frame from on site.

The scale is so massive, it looks like there is a crowd of ants around the base.

and its Combat Campaigns &
Expeditionary Operations
Created September 18, 1947

The reflection of the base of the monument and the honor guard statues in the campaign panels looks amazing, but photographing something readable in the bright sun is tough.

There were a good number of veterans my dad's age present.

Three unfinished campaigns

Created June 20, 1941

Touching the spire.
(Photo by Bob Craton)

(Photo by Bob Craton)

(Photo by Bob Craton)

Daddy's campaigns
(Photo by Bob Craton)

... until Sicily.
(Photo by Bob Craton)

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