Chapter 20. United States Air Force Memorial

United States Air Force Memorial

The entrance of the United States Air Force Memorial in the evening. Taken at ISO 500, f/5, 1/100 second with a 20mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

The United States Air Force Memorial honors the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the U.S. Air Force and the organizations related to it.

The newest of the major memorials in the Washington, D.C. area (it was dedicated in 2006), it is also one of the most dynamic and contemporary. The 270-foot tall stainless steel structure evokes the Air Force Thunderbird's contrails as they perform their bomb-burst maneuver, and the three arcs represent the three core values of the Air Force — integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all that is done. They are also meant to represent the three branches of the Air Force: active, guard, and reserve.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

Because of the minimal design of this memorial, the best pictures often come from within the memorial's walkway and the road next to it.

The best locations from which to photograph the United States Air Force Memorial: (A) facing east from the memorial, (B) at the memorial's base, and (C) S. Columbia Pike. Nearby photo ops: (2) Arlington National Cemetery, (8) Mount Vernon Estate (13 miles south), and (15) Pentagon Memorial.

Figure 20.1. The best locations from which to photograph the United States Air Force Memorial: (A) facing east from the memorial, (B) at the memorial's base, and (C) S. Columbia Pike. Nearby photo ops: (2) Arlington National Cemetery, (8) Mount Vernon Estate (13 miles south), ...

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