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Address: 1 Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA 22204
Phone Number: 703-979-0674
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Basic but humbling

I came to the memorial as I was passing through DC - very basic compared to other memorials but it was very humbling to see the 3 spires high in the sky.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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97 reviews 97 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I came to the memorial as I was passing through DC - very basic compared to other memorials but it was very humbling to see the 3 spires high in the sky.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful memorial in a stunning location. From the bigger than life color guard statues, glass etched Missing Man Formation, black rock (granite?) engraved panels to the three contrail towers this memorial is worth a detour!!

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Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The Air Force Memorial is visible from all over Arlington - three tall spires soaring into the air evoking jet aircraft contrails and pilots soaring to heaven - it's a well-conceived monument. The thing is, there's not much to see when you actually visit the monument. In addition to the spires, there are two stone walls inscribed with quotes about... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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46 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

With the end of a business trip completed I had a couple of hours to get in some sightseeing before being at the airport. I had drove back down around the Mall area but it's impossible to park anywhere w/o knowing exactly where the parking areas are. So I drove around and skirted the Arlington Cemetery but w/ still no... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

While I dint necessarily understand what the three spires are meant to represent in regards to the Airmen there is no doubt that it is impressive regardless. Those three pillars can be seen in the distance like a beacon. The walls are humbling with history and dedication.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Generally, I would go to the memorial strictly for the view (five-star spot for pictures of DC and the Pentagon). Difficult issue is parking. No cost. On a hot day, bring a bottle of water with you. Max time? Maybe 45 minutes. Busline runs by the front and return spot to Arlington is across the street. Walking from Pentagon will... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Although so massive that it was difficult to photograph, it was a most suitable tribute to the U.S. Air Force, reminding me of one formational flight stunt demonstrated by the Thunderbirds in their air shows. Impressive!

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Pace, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

You can see this very tall sculpture from a great distance but what you can't see is that one you are there, the views of terrific. From this location you can see Arlington national cemetery, the pentagon & an overview of the city.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The airforce heroes deserve a better monument than this halfhearted attempt at dynamics. What a pity.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

From so many places in DC we could see glimpses of this memorial, but getting to see the whole sculpture is wonderful. It certainly is different than most military memorials in DC. The design was inspired from an Air Force plane's contrails when doing aerial maneuvers. We had a wonderful view with the Pentagon in the background.

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