Thursday, August 10, 2006
The Air Force Memorial in Arlington – those blue, twisting structures rising slowly near the Pentagon – achieves its final height on Friday with placement of the 14th out of the 15 blocks that will eventually comprise the three curling spires. Designed by the late James Freed of Pei, Cobb Freed, the monument is meant to evoke the wispy contrails of the Thunderbird bomb-burst formation. The 3 spires, now sheathed in blue wrap, will be revealed in the next few weeks to expose the stainless steel structures beneath. The tallest of the 3 spires will reach its maximum height of 270 feet on Friday with the placement of the 14th hollow block to top out the tallest of the structures. The $30m project, paid for through the Air Force Memorial Foundation by private donations, is being built by Centex construction and should be completed by late September, well in time for the October 14th dedication ceremony.