UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

 

COLORADO SPRINGS

 

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The Air Force Academy is just north of the city. We spent less than an hour here early on a beautiful and clear Sunday morning. We just wanted to take a quick look. The Academy is easily accessible from I-25 at Exits 156B (north) and 150 (south). At the small visitors center about 4 miles from the north entrance, visitors may watch a brief film about the Academy and pick up maps and more info about the Academy. The road circles the perimeter of the Academy and has numerous scenic pulloffs.

Why would tourists have any interest in visiting a military academy? Simple... the scenery. The United States Air Force Academy stands out from other colleges because of its location. Remotely situated in the Rampart Range foothills, the beautiful complex is visible from long distances. The architectural centerpiece of the Academy is the unique Cadet Chapel. Its external design consists solely of 17 towering triangular arrowhead-shaped parallel spires, somewhat resembling a stack of fighter jets pointing to the sky. The chapel’s angular design is a nice complement to Pikes Peak and the mountain scenery in the background.

A B-52 bomber and a few other aircraft are displayed on or near the grounds. One great photo opportunity is located at the corner of Stadium Boulevard and the Exit 156 access. Two fighter jets are mounted as to appear that they are in flight. The red, white and blue one is a perfect photo subject with which to pose your family. The majestic Pikes Peak provides the background .

If you’re just driving through, allow yourself about ˝ hour. If you’re stopping at the visitors center and want to take a closer look at the inside the chapel, you might take an hour or an hour and a half. Again, the Academy is easily accessible from I-25, and it’s a nice little diversion after hundreds of miles of highway driving.

 

AIR FORCE ACADEMY PHOTOS (Click thumbnails for larger image)

 

 

CADET CHAPEL

USAF ACADEMY

PIKES PEAK BACKGROUND

CADET CHAPEL

 

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