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“The plane catcher”
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Arlington, Virginia
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“The plane catcher”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

The Air Force Memorial is located between the Air Force barracks and the Pentagon. It symbolizes the trails of a bunch of fighter planes going up. Locals call it the Plane Catcher, which is somewhat appropriate as it is more or less in the flight path of the hijacked plane that was rammed into the Pentagon on 9/11. If only it had been there at the time...

I am not sure what there is to visit at the site itself, but everyone driving up I-395 into DC from Virginia will get a good look. IMHO, it is one of the best modern memorials.

Visited September 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“High Flying”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

One can only say every memorial who remembers our men and women who serve this country is a wonderful thing. Fly high and stay in the wind airmen.

Visited June 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Nice memorial, compact, easy to visit in short time”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

While situated in a seemingly odd part of Arlington, it is worth a visit if you have friends/family in town looking for memorials or free things to do. Free parking is available directly across Columbia Pike from the memorial - last I saw, there wasn't a pedestrian crossing traffic light installed - so be careful crossing the (often busy) Columbia Pike. The memorial site is very compact; the 3 soaring steel spires are the initial visual interest, but there is also a grouping of bronze statues, and some inscription walls. I believe there is a restroom facility and small shop - but those were not opened on my visit, if in fact that is what those little structures are. If you are a photographer, bring your widest wide-angle lens you've got; those towers are huge (260' tall for the highest, I recall)---and you need a wide lens if you hope to get all of it in 1 shot!

Visited August 2012
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Bowie, Maryland
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“Honoring our Air Force”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

A great tribute to honor those men and women who have served in the Air Force. Great views of the DC skyline also

Visited September 2012
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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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“Watch where you point your camera”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Because you are so close to the Pentagon, the security staff is vigilant in not allowing you to take pictures of that structure. The memorial is visible from Arlington National Cemetery and much of the DC Mall.

It is nicely done with an honor guard of bronze watching over the grounds. The dead are honored as well.

Visited February 2012
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