AAA Editor Notes
U.S. Air Force Academy, 14 mi. n. on I-25 to exit 156, prepares cadets for careers in the Air Force. Guests may visit the Cadet Chapel, Field House, Arnold Hall, the Honor Court and the Visitor Center. The newest of the nation’s service academies, the U.S. Air Force Academy graduated its first class in 1959.
The strikingly modern aluminum, glass and steel Cadet Chapel and its 17 spires are a campus landmark. The chapel provides worship facilities for cadets of all faiths. The AOG building (Doolittle Hall) is where new cadets begin their careers. The Field House is the site of cadet athletic events and Arnold Hall is a concert and entertainment venue. The academy’s Honor Court, between the chapel and Arnold Hall, includes bronze statues and Air Force memorials. Polaris Hall—a 46,000-square-foot glass tower built to align with the North Star—houses the Center for Character and Leadership Development. Throughout the academy grounds are static displays of aircraft.
Note: Fluctuating security levels may affect public access; phone ahead to verify status.
Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.