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Beacon (9th place, Wide-angle Challenge)

Beacon (9th place, Wide-angle Challenge)

Arlington, Virginia

Taken at the Air Force Memorial.

This is one of three enormous steel monoliths rising 270 above the ground; the shape is meant to convey the Thunderbirds' "bomb-burst maneuver," with only three contrails depicted so as to represent the "missing man formation" used in Air Force funeral flyovers. They are filled two-thirds of the way up with concrete and have 1-ton lead balls in the top sections to prevent vibration. For more images of the memorial, see and the three images that follow.

Sony DSC-H5
1/320s f/7.1 at 6.2mm iso80 full exif

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