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In my photo, I could not completely capture the fourth sculpture of the plane and maintain my desired affect. The fifth 'missing plane' is the 'missing man'. This photo was taken on Randolf Air Force Base. This base is located in Universal City, Texas which is a suburb of San Antonio.
This Sculptor is entitled:

"MISSING MAN MONUMENT"
"Dedicated To"
"THOSE AMERICANS LOST IN SOUTHEAST ASIA COMBAT"
"4 March 1977"

Scultor: Mark Pritchett
NTOE: This sculpture is about 25 to 30 yards high and is made out of stone-(a marble or quartz I believe)

The missing man formation is an aerial salute performed as part of a flyover by five aircrafts, whereby one falls out of the formation at a funeral or memorial event typically in memory of a fallen pilot. The first funeral flyover of aircraft occurred during World War I, when British fighter pilots honored the funeral of German ace Manfred von Richthofen ("the Red Baron"). The United States adopted the tradition in 1938.


Sidenote: After many comments on the title in the photo, i have done some serious pondering on whether I should repost this photo. I do believe however,the Missing Man title within the photo gives this photo a class of remembrance for the lost ones so to speak. I understand that people will not like it or agree with it being where it is; I guess the feeling is that it takes away, or distracts the viewer from the monument itself. My intention was only to create a nice looking overall display; that is one reason why I put it underneath the ARTWORK Catagory. But please, continue with any thoughts on this matter; I will be open to comments and opinions.

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