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United States Air Force Memorial

  • 1 Air Force Memorial Dr. Map It
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Updated 05/27/2014

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Three stainless-steel, asymmetrical spires slice through the skyline up to 270 feet, representing flight, the precision of the "bomb burst" maneuver performed by the Air Force Thunderbirds, and the three core values of the Air Force: integrity, service, and excellence. The spires are adjacent to the southern portion of Arlington National Cemetery and visible from the Tidal Basin and I–395 near Washington. At the base of the spires is an 8-foot statue of the honor guard,

a glass wall engraved with the missing man formation, and granite walls inscribed with Air Force values and accomplishments. There's a small gift shop in the administrative office at the north end of the memorial.

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1 Air Force Memorial Dr., off Columbia Pike, Arlington, Virginia, 22204, United States

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  • Free
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 8 am–11 pm; Oct.–Mar., daily 8 am–9 pm. Gift shop, weekdays 9–4

Updated 05/27/2014


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Sep 2, 2011

United States Air Force Memorial Review

This is a good spot for watching the July 4th fireworks over the National Mall. The grassy slope below the memorial accommodates lots of people and offers clear views of the Mall from most areas. You can walk area from along Columbia Pike, though bring lots of water as it can get pretty hot at that time of year.

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