Washington DC and the Air Force Memorial

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View of Air Force Memorial and US Capitol building in Washington, DC from Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington.

Washington DC is a very international city with a rich history (for new America anyway) and is the capital city of the United States of America.  The "District of Columbia" is named after Christopher Columbus who "discovered" America in 1492 and "Washington" comes from the name of our first president.  In 1791, President Washington commissioned the French-born architect and engineer, Pierre (Peter) Charles L’Enfant, to plan the layout of the new capital city--built for defense.

The United States Air Force Memorial was built in 2006 to honor the servicemembers of the United States Air Force and its predecessors.  It is actually located in Arlington, Virginia on the grounds of Fort Myer, adjacent to the Navy Annex towards the Pentagon and Arlignton National Cemetary at the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Joyce Street.

View of Air Force Memorial and US Capitol building in Washington, DC from Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington.
  It was the last project of American architect James Ingo Freed (known for the design of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum).  The three stainless steel memorial spires range from 201 feet (61 m) to 270 feet (82 m) high and appear to look like the 'bomb burst' maneuver made famous by the USAF Thurnderbirds demonstration team.  Only three of the four contrails are depicted, at 120 degrees from each other, with the absece of the fourth contrail to represent the "missing man formation" traditionally used at Air Force funeral fly-overs in honor of the dearly departed.

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