The Contrails: Class, building colors

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Editors note -- This week's excerpt  from The Contrails is seen exactly as shown on page 36 in the 2015 edition of this cadet guidebook

In modern architecture, the three primary colors are prevalent [in the design of the Air Force Academy]. Since the Academy was to reflect modern architecture, red, blue, and yellow were chosen for the original Academy colors. The following are the significant aspects of these colors:

Red The sun

Blue The sky

Yellow The grasses on the plains

Silver Stainless steel to mirror aircraft technology

Originally green was supposed to be the fourth color (instead of silver) to symbolize the trees in the forest. However, since green is not a primary color, the original architects went with red, blue, and yellow to start.