Air Warrior Combat Memorial
(Music Courtesy the Air Force Band "Air
Force Blue" 2:02 min)
AWCM View Looking North
AWCM View Looking East
AWCM View Looking East
AWCM View Looking South
AWCM View Looking North East
The AWCM has been officially approved by the USAFA
Superintendent, Lt General Michelle Johnson and the construction
project is being managed by the USAFA Facilities office under the
direction of the Academy architect. The Academy has
hired Architectural firm of HB&A and Landscape architectural firm
Thomas and Thomas to develop and oversee the design and to consult
with the with the class gift committee in a manner that best
utilizes the site while maintaining the spirit and elements of the
initial class concept.
At present time, 1 February 2017, the 60% design has been
completed and we are awaiting the final 90% design within the month.
Once all parties are in agreement, the blueprints will be developed
and the Facilities office will solicit construction bids from local
construction firms to build the hardscape and landscape. The
final design will also be forwarded to SECAF for final technical
approval. We anticipate a bid to be awarded by 1 May 2017 provided
adequate funds have been donated.
The Memorial will have two sculptural components: a life size
bronze sculpture of General Robin Olds and three 1/6th scale bronze
aircraft representing the aircraft Robin Olds flew in aerial combat:
the P-51, P-38, and F-4.
Size of the Sculpture:
Due to recently established Academy memorial policy all figure
sculpture located at the Academy must be life size. We have
been authorized a sculpture at 6 ft 6 inches tall.
approved site is in the B-52 Park located close to the North gate,
located several hundred feet to the East of the B-52. We have
been generously granted the entire traffic circle which is 132 feet
in diameter and 13,721 square feet of area with the provision that
we develop it into an AWCM park which will create an inviting
destination and inspirational experience for the visitor. This is
the single best location on the Academy for public exposure.
With recent security concerns, much of the base is off limits to the
public, even Doolittle hall on occasion.
The B-52 has long been the sole exhibit at this expansive,
beautiful, park like setting. The AWCM will be the second; and
as a memorial, it will provide the centerpiece for the park's new
theme of Air Combat. The AWCM will also serve as a catalyst
for more classes to develop the park. With the new visitors
center being developed close by, just outside the North gate, we
are convinced that this location will soon become a huge tourist
attraction and will create maximum exposure for our memorial.
The B-52 park master plan, developed at the Academy's architect
office, will add other
aircraft and memorials. The two aircraft at the "Thunderbird
Overlook" by the airfield, which is currently inside the security
perimeter, will soon be relocated to the B-52 park. Other plans include relocating the memorial
wall from the cemetery to this park.
Satellite View of Current Site
Satellite View with Memorial Overlay
Master Plan for B-52 Park Development
General Description of the Memorial:
The AWCM memorial has five
The Robin Olds bronze
Brushed Stainless Steel Panels
Three scale models cast in
bronze of the three aircraft which Robin Olds flew in aerial
will be titled the Air Warrior Combat Memorial.
within a traffic circle with a diameter of 132 feet
Composed of a
plaza and two sets of architectural concrete walls holding
stainless steel panels
Outside the walls, dense evergreen landscaping to provide for
a visual separation between the memorial and traffic and
Borrowed horizon visual elements of mountains and Academy campus
Trees inside and outside of plaza to create a vertical
Robin Olds Sculpture
the plaza will be a 6 ft 6 inch foot tall bronze sculpture of Robin
Olds who represents the spirit of the Air Warrior.
sunlight illuminating the face, the sculpture will face South.
sculpture will be standing on a pedestal measuring 32 inches tall and
5 feet square at the bottom. The sides will be beveled at a 30
sides of the pedestal will contain bronze plaques honoring Robin
Olds and his accomplishments
Concrete Walls and Stainless Steel Panel Components
Artist conception of Wall and Stainless panels
Brushed stainless steel panels measuring 5 ft in height and 10 ft
long will be affixed to four concrete walls with heights that vary
from 8 to 9 ft
concrete walls will be oriented in two sets of angled wings, one on
the outside of the plaza and one on the interior courtyard.
The outer set of walls will measure 80 feet long and 50 feet
long with a gap in the apex where the sculpture will be
The outer walls will contain stainless steel panels which
delineate a etched timeline of major accomplishments in
The timeline will begin in 1900 and end in 2017
The etched timeline will become blue in 1959 to honor the
"Long Blue Line"
The break pivot point between the two timeline walls will
occur in the year 1971 to honor the class of 1971
Inner Courtyard Walls
Two concrete walls measuring 41 feet long each will be
connected at a pivot point and be located on the East and
South side of the interior courtyard
The interior walls facing the courtyard will contain
stainless steel panels measuring 30 inches tall and 10 feet
most wall on the outside surface will contain large
individual letters with the name of the memorial
A large cut
aluminum air Force Chevron will also be affixed beside the
On the outside
East of the courtyard wall will be provisions for dedication
and donor recognition
AWCM: Aircraft component
stainless steel poles will hold three bronze scale model aircraft
representing the three aircraft Robin Olds flew in aerial combat
aircraft will be grouped in a tight formation located directly
behind the Olds statue
located on the center pedestal will describe each aircraft and
detail the aerial victories by Robin Olds.
are the P-51, P-38, and F-4 C/D (Note graphic uses a F-4 E)
will be all created in the same scale of 1/6 which will make them
the following lengths:
P-51: 5.3 ft.
P-38: 6.3 ft.
F-4: 10.5 ft.
The 1/6 scale
is optimal, too large they would overpower the statue, too small
they will look insignificant like toys.
will be mounted flying in level flight with wings banked in a 45
degree as if rolling in on the memorial for a low pass.
wing will be 7 feet from the ground
will add a degree of continuity to the B-52 airpark as well as
provide a history lesson on the advances in air combat and how far
we have come since WW2 in aircraft design.
It will also
dramatically demonstrate how small the WW2 aircraft really were and
give the viewer a new appreciation of what those past warriors
the first 100 years of Aerial Combat with a timeline denoting major
honor Robin Olds
and his contributions to Air Combat as a prime example of the warrior
To inspire a
spirit of the “Warrior Ethos” in all Academy graduates and cadets
whatever their mission.
the primary mission of the USAF--“To Fly, Fight, and Win.”
To generate a
feeling of “Pride” in being an AF officer and warrior.
“Patriotism” and “Esprit De Corps.”
To honor our
shared “Warrior Heritage.
with the past and the contributions of previous generation of
During our 40th reunion, we conducted a class meeting to
discuss a class gift concept. Two presentations were made for a
monetary gift to the CCLD construction and for a sculptural monument
centered around Robin Olds. 125
classmates attended the meeting and the vote to support both
projects as a dual gift was 100%.
the project developed into the AWCM and Robin Olds became the
representative who best represented the warrior ethos. During our
campaign to locate the AWCM on the AOG Heritage Trail, we publicized
our effort via a class website. As a result, we received strong
support for both the AWCM design and for including Robin Olds, not
only from the Class of 1971, but from hundreds of grads from other
classes, as well as non-graduates. Many were offering donations.
Approval rating ran at 90% for the hundreds of emails received by
our committee and the AOG Board of Directors. Most opposing views
were limited to the issue of reserving the Heritage Trail for USAFA
Board of Directors Support:
acknowledgement of the graduate mandate, on December 10th
2013 the AOG BOD passed a resolution to support the Class of ’71 and
their AWCM design, with Robin Olds, using all the resources
available to the AOG, at a “more visible” location on the Academy
other than the Heritage Trail, which is reserved solely for USAFA
is well respected by a vast majority of USAFA graduates and Air
Force personnel both active duty and retired. The synergistic
effect of designing the AWCM and honoring Robin Olds, has struck a
responsive chord within the graduate community and created a
groundswell of enthusiasm. We expect the funding for the AWCM to
proceed rapidly. Many pledges, both individual and keystone, have
already been identified.
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