F-111 Memorial, National Museum of the United States Air Force
Welcome! The goal of the F-111 Memorial Foundation is to design, construct, and donate a memorial to the National Museum of the United States Air Force, acknowledging the units that operated the Vark/Raven, and the men and women who flew, maintained, and supported the jet. The F/FB/EF-111 community has stepped up and we are well on our way toward our goal — a memorial of which we can be proud!
TASKS (As of 1 Feb 2022)
1. Establish a not-for-profit foundation/fund. In late 2017, the F-111 Memorial Foundation was established as an Ohio Non-profit Corporation tasked with managing this project. This allows us to solicit donations for the design and fabrication of the memorial and pay for the operation of the foundation (website hosting, legal and accounting fees). An all-volunteer, uncompensated Executive Committee is carrying out the steps necessary to successfully accomplish our mission. Our current Executive Committee members are:
- Dave Hindt, Executive Director
- Tom Bell, Vice President
- Ed Jespersen, Treasurer
- Lee Monroe, Secretary / Communications
- Jim Rotramel, History and Design
- Richard Roop, Member at Large
2. Communicate. This website, our monthly newsletter, and our email (email@example.com) allow us to report progress and receive your inputs. More than 300 of you responded to two surveys conducted to determine your interest, with fully 85% of respondents indicating support.
3. The Memorial. There are a few options for a memorial at the NMUSAF (ref. Memorial Status page). Based on your survey responses and successful fund raising, the Executive Committee determined that a large, stand-alone monument will serve as the foundational component of the F/FB/EF-111 Memorial. Additions to the memorial (e.g. plaques, benches, etc.) are feasible based on the community’s continued support.
4. Fund Raising. We have established a bank account, an on-line payment gateway, and an alternate means with check payment. Our initial fund-raising goal was established in 2017 at $50,000, to represent the basic memorial content and comply with current NMUSAF valuation guidelines. The Executive Committee also anticipated subsequent goals that would enable phased additions to the memorial and address dedication expenses. In 2021, the design matured and the donation goal was set at $122.1K. Through your amazing generosity, we reached our goal in December 2021! As a result, donations have been suspended with the understanding that they may be resumed if we have an unexpected increase in project expenses.
5. Event Planning. A memorial dedication ceremony is an integral part of this effort.