Association of Graduates

The Airman on the Meadow and Winged Refuge


The Airman - Class of 1963

Class of 1961



The Airman on the Meadow, and Winged Refuge on the East Plaza of the USAFA Cemetery, were donated by friends, non-graduate classmates, widows and families, and — in tribute to their indivisible brotherhood — every living graduate of the Class of 1961.

Though separated physically, these iconic sculptures are spiritually bound. Their common inspiration arises from the poetry of our profession and the sanctity of our sacrifice. The uplifted arm of the Airman captures the image from the poem "High Flight". Winged Refuge is a set of 17.5' tall art deco wings emphasizing aviation and its relevance to the USAFA mission.

Dedicated: November 3, 2011

Also see:

Dedication Ceremony Images:

Gen George Lee Butler   Tom Eller   Dedication Ceremonies
Remarks by Gen. George Lee Butler, '61, and Tom Eller, President Class of '61.


Under Construction Images:

Wings of Refuge - Construction   The Airman Class of 61 Ring   The Airman - Construction