f-111-memorial
 

F-111 and its amazing service history.
 

Welcome to the F-111 Memorial website.  Our goal is to design, construct, and donate to the National Museum of the United States Air Force (NMUSAF) a memorial to the F/FB/EF-111 aircraft, the units that operated the Vark and the Raven, and those we lost flying the jet.  Though this started as a dream of a few old Vark crews in Dayton OH, this will only happen if the -111 community at large is behind it, and will to be part of the process.  So far, all indications are that “TWO’S IN”!

TASKS
It would be great if we could just sketch out a design, ask someone to build this memorial, and declare mission accomplished.  Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.  There are a number of tasks that we need to accomplish to get the job done.

  1.  Communicate.  This website, our email (f111memorial@yahoo.com) along with other tools that we’ll add (Facebook, Twitter, blogs) will allow us to tell you how the project is progressing  and allow you to give us your inputs.
  2. Establish a not-for-profit foundation/fund.  As a legal entity, we'll be answerable to you.  This will allow us to solicit donations for the design and fabrication of the memorial, pay for the operation of the foundation (website hosting, legal and accounting fees).  The exact structure of the foundation will be determined as we work through the legal process.  We envision some sort of Executive Committee, along with committees to handle communications, fundraising, Memorial design/fabrication, and interface with the NMUSAF.  If you are an attorney or have experience with non-profit foundations, please give drop us a note.
  3. The Memorial.  There are a few options for a memorial at the NMUSAF.  It could be as simple as a brass plaque mounted on The Memorial Wall, already in place.  It could be Memorial  bench situated outside the Museum entrance.  Until earlier this year, those were our only options because the Memorial Park was full.  However, the NMUSAF has decided to open a new section of the Memorial Park, opening the door for a large F/FB/EF-111 Memorial.  Just how big and elaborate (within the Museum’s criteria) the -111 memorial will be depends on what design elements we intend to focus on and how much money we raise.

Memorial Park:  The museum's Memorial Park honors Air Force-associated units and people for their courageous service and sacrifice in the cause of freedom. In October 1972, the museum dedicated the first memorial with a commemorative tree and plaque recognizing Americans held as Prisoners of War by the North Vietnamese and those missing in action during the Southeast Asia Conflict. Memorial Park has grown significantly since that first dedication, with more than 500 memorials, including statuary memorials, plaques, trees and benches.

There are essentially three options for a memorial:

  1.  The Memorial Wall: The wall will hold up to 128 plaques and was constructed by Dodd’s Monuments.  Currently, the wall has availability for approximately 60 plaques. Plaques are mounted in the next available position. The total cost of a bronze plaque is approximately $1,500-$2,000.
  2.  Granite Memorial Benches: The National Museum of the United States Air Force is accepting requests for benches at this time.  Space is no longer available for benches along the exterior of the Early Years Gallery.  Benches will now be placed along the exterior of the Air Power Gallery.  The estimated cost for a bench is $3,500-$6,000. 
  3. Large Standalone Memorial:  The new section of the memorial park (located to the  West of the existing park) was opened during the Summer of 2011 and currently has one Memorial (Berlin Airlift) located in it.  Memorials are limited to a height of nine feet.  The cost of the memorial cannot exceed $25000 (In addition, the donating organization be required to pay the cost of the concrete pad and a one-time maintenance fee.)

Memorial Park:  The museum's Memorial Park honors Air Force-associated units and people for their courageous service and sacrifice in the cause of freedom. In October 1972, the museum dedicated the first memorial with a commemorative tree and plaque recognizing Americans held as Prisoners of War by the North Vietnamese and those missing in action during the Southeast Asia Conflict. Memorial Park has grown significantly since that first dedication, with more than 500 memorials, including statuary memorials, plaques, trees and benches.

There are essentially three options for a memorial:

  1.  The Memorial Wall: The wall will hold up to 128 plaques and was constructed by Dodd’s Monuments.  Currently, the wall has availability for approximately 60 plaques. Plaques are mounted in the next available position. The total cost of a bronze plaque is approximately $1,500-$2,000.  (Example)
  2.  Granite Memorial Benches: The National Museum of the United States Air Force is accepting requests for benches at this time.  Space is no longer available for benches along the exterior of the Early Years Gallery.  Benches will now be placed along the exterior of the Air Power Gallery.  The estimated cost for a bench is $3,500-$6,000.  (Example)
  3. Large Standalone Memorial:  The new section of the memorial park (located to the  West of the existing park) was opened during the Summer of 2011 and currently has one Memorial (Berlin Airlift) located in it.  Memorials are limited to a height of nine feet.  The cost of the memorial cannot exceed $25000 (In addition, the donating organization be required to pay the cost of the concrete pad and a one-time maintenance fee.) (Example)

SEE THE ROTATING IMAGES AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE FOR SAMPLES OF EACH!

This site will continue to expand and evolve as we progress.  We look forward to your suggestions and questions as we move forward.



 


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