Three Stainless Steel Spires
Soaring toward the sky, the tallest of three stainless steel curved spires reaches a height of 270 feet. The design represents flight and the flying spirit of the Air Force by recalling the image of a precision "Bomb Burst" maneuver, often performed by the United States air Force Thunderbirds during aerial reviews.
The three spires also symbolize the three core values of the Unites States Air Force:
- Integrity First
- Service before Self
- Excellence in All that is Done
The Memorial was designed by architect James Ingo Freed of Pei Cobb freed & Partners, who also designed the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. as well as other well-known structures throughout the United States.