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  • Address: One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, Virginia, USA
  • Hours: Open daily except Christmas Day. April 1 - Sept. 30: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 1 - March 31: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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U.S. Air Force Memorial Tours

Officially dedicated on Oct. 14, 2006, by President George W. Bush, himself a former pilot with the Texas National Guard, the U.S. Air Force Memorial is one of the newest memorials in the Washington area. 
 
Built to honor the men and women who serve and sacrifice for the U.S. Air Force, architect James Ingo Freed designed the formidable three-spire monument to depict the contrails of three Air Force Thunderbirds, flying in the missing-man formation traditionally reserved for Air Force Funerals. 
 
Two granite inscription walls are located at opposite ends of the monument’s central lawn. The Air Force’s three key values ("integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do") and other meaningful quotes are engraved on the south wall, while the north wall lists the Air Force’s Medal of Honor recipients.
 
More than 30,000 people attended President Bush’s keynote address, and it has been an equally popular venue ever since. More than 200,000 people visit the monument annually, and it also hosts roughly 200 special events each year, ranging from commemorative ceremonies to weddings. The United States Air Force Band plays free concerts on Wednesday and Friday evenings throughout the summer.

Practical Info

The U.S. Air Force Memorial is located in Arlington, Virginia, on the grounds of Fort Myer. It’s just a few minutes' walk to other nearby attractions, including the Pentagon and the Arlington National Cemetery.  

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Day Tour of Arlington Virginia, Washington DC, null
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Day Tour of Arlington Virginia

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

This five hour Arlington, VA afternoon tour includes stops at popular sites including the Marine War Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Arlington Mansion/House, ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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See DC Small-Group Half Day Tour, Washington DC, Day Trips
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See DC Small-Group Half Day Tour

Discover our Nations Capitol on this exceptionally comprehensive 4 hour personalized, professionally guided tour. Our small group format is limited to 12 ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Explore the best of Washington, DC with a guided, 6-hour bus and walking tour of the city's top sites. This exciting tour includes a (seasonal) 1 hour river ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Private DC Tour with Customized Itinerary, Washington DC, City Tours
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Private DC Tour with Customized Itinerary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Experience DC with locals on one of our 3 hour private tours. We will personalize your itinerary to visit the sites on your must-see list. Monday - Saturday we ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $400.00
Private Tour of Washington DC War Memorials and Heros by Van, Washington DC, Custom Private Tours
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Private Tour of Washington DC War Memorials and Heros by Van

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous memorials around Washington, DC on this private, 3-hour sightseeing tour. At Arlington ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $240.00
Ultimate Washington D.C. Area Tour by Luxury SkyVue Convertible Van, Washington DC, Private ... 
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Ultimate Washington D.C. Area Tour by Luxury SkyVue Convertible Van

EXPERIENCE WASHINGTON, DC IN A MERCEDES-BENZ GLASS-TOP CONVERTIBLE! SEE THE WHITE HOUSE, THOMAS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL, LINCOLN MEMORIAL AND MANY MORE!  ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Guided Tour of Washington DC, Washington DC, City Tours
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Guided Tour of Washington DC

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 249 Reviews

Explore Washington DC’s top landmarks and monuments on a 3- or 6-hour tour by deluxe coach with full narration from an expert guide throughout the tour. Stop ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00
Epic Washington DC Evening Tour: Small-Group Van Tour, Washington DC, City Tours
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Epic Washington DC Evening Tour: Small-Group Van Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 295 Reviews

This evening small group bus tour is 30 minutes longer than most other companies ensuring all guests an epic evening in Washington DC. It offers the ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Washington DC Night Tour with Hotel Pickup, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Washington DC Night Tour with Hotel Pickup

4.5 star rating: Recommended 141 Reviews

See Washington D.C.'s most memorable sites with knowledgeable and passionate local guides, by night! This 4-hour tour uncovers the beauty of Washington D.C. ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Day or night, customize your itinerary from a list of the most popular sites around the greater DC area while being chauffeured like a celebrity in a Mercedes ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $400.00

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