Rocky Mountain Trip travel blog

Pike's Peak

USAFA Building

Walk from Visitor's Center to Chapel

Walk from Visitor's Center to Chapel

Cadet Chapel

Cadet Chapel

Protestant Chapel

Protestant Chapel

Catholic Chapel

Catholic Chapel

Catholic Chapel

Campus Sports Complex


We took a day to visit the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. It is a huge campus at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The buildings (one with a tail like a plane) and Cadet Chapel are certainly beautiful and a very modern design. Like West Point, the campus was immaculate – no paper or beer cans lying around. Unlike West Point, the campus and buildings do not ooze with US history and a who's who in our military history. The Air Force did not become a separate branch of the military until 1947, and the first graduation was in 1960.

While there, we watched a brief film on the cadets’ first year - it is certainly a grueling year with 6 weeks of basic training.

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