National Geographic : 1959 Jun
Cadets in flawless formation swing down a ramp to the parade ground at the newly built United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Bare of ivy and venerable tradition, this counterpart of West Point and Annapolis faces a Space Age future with 20th-century architecture. Spectators at the 1,100-man Cadet Wing's dress parade line the open floors of classrooms and dormitories. Behind them 844 looms a part of the Rockies, the aptly named Rampart Range.