Published in 1996 by the United States Air Force Academy Association
of Graduates, SPIRIT AND FLIGHT presents an extensive collection of
photographic work on the Academy by Elizabeth Gill Lui. Created by the
artist over the last decade, the imagery presented in the book focuses on
the architectural, natural and cultural environment of the Academy.
Designed and edited by the artist, the book incorporates as text excerpts
from presidential commencement speeches delivered at the Academy by U.S.
Presidents from John F. Kennedy forward, as well as reminiscences on the
design and building of the Academy by internationally-known architect
Walter A. Netsch.
The Academy Chapel, designed by Netsch in the 1950's while a young
architect in the Chicago firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, was the
honored recipient of the 1996 Twenty-Five Year American Institute of
Architects Award. This prestigious award is bestowed on an architectural
work that, having been in existence for a quarter of a century, is
recognized as having enduring architectural and historical significance.
The aesthetic and engineering uniqueness of this magnificent American
monument is considered one the landmark works of twentieth-century
Pictured: Academy Protestant Chapel, Ceiling and Glass
Design, Colorado Springs CO