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  • Monument Name

    Airlifters Memorial, Pope Air Force Base, Fort Bragg

  • Type

    Sculpture

  • Subjects

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

  • City

    Fort Bragg

  • County

    Cumberland

  • Description

    This monument pays tribute to airlifters past, present, and future. Composed of a large, flat granite sphere with three bronze representations of planes in flight arching upward, it symbolizes the willingness and sacrifice of service personnel who have reached out across the globe to protect freedom. The sphere is inscribed with a number of meridians and lines of latitude to reflect the globe along with the eagle wings of the Air Force and three crossed arrows. The sculpture rests atop a short granite plinth which rests on a shallow square granite base. Both the plinth and the base are inscribed.

  • Inscription

    On the plinth: THIS MEMORIAL DEDICATED BY MEMBERS OF / AIR FORCE SERGEANTS ASSOCIATION / CHAPTER 367 / AND / NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS OPEN MESS / POPE AIR FORCE BASE / NORTH CAROLINA / 12 JUNE 1981

    On the base: IN HONOR OF / AIRLIFTERS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

  • Custodian

    Pope Air Force Base

  • Dedication Date

    June 12, 1981

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.165900 , -79.003210 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Airlifter's Memorial," Fort Bragg in Cumberland County, North Carolina, The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed April 12, 2013) Link

  • Public Site

    Unknown

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 367 and the Noncommissioned Officers Open Mess, Pope Air Force Base

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was dedicated on June 12, 1981.

  • Location

    The monument sits on the east side of Reilly Road just to the north of Explorer Street.

  • Landscape

    The monument sits next to a retired C-119 aircraft, along with three additional retired exhibition aircraft. The Enlisted Personnel Memorial and the Pope Airmen Memorial are directly across the road. The setting is park-like with mature shade trees and a dedicated walkway.

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