Gate guardian

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For a person who guards a gate, see Security guard.
F-104 at the Georgia Air National Guard

A gate guardian or gate guard is a withdrawn piece of equipment, often an aircraft, armoured vehicle, artillery piece or locomotive, mounted on a plinth and used as a static display near to and forming a symbolic display of "guarding" the main entrance to somewhere, especially a military base.[1] Commonly, gate guardians outside airbases are decommissioned examples of aircraft that were once based there, or still are. The visual effect is very much like a hobbyist's model, particularly when it is an aircraft mounted on a pole to simulate what it looked like in flight. In Australia, gate guards are also often found outside Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) clubs.

Examples[edit]

Examples of gate guardians include the following:

South Africa[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Until March 2007, a 40% scale replica of Concorde had been located at the main road entrance to Heathrow Airport, when it was moved to Brooklands Museum, Surrey.[4][5] It has been replaced by a model of an Airbus A380 in Emirates livery.

United States of America[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ A-6E Gate Guardian, A-7 Gate Guardian, USN NAS Atlanta, in wikimapia, accessed 2009-11-10
  2. ^ RAF Biggin Hill - Fundraising drive begins to replace rotting gate guardians, newsshopper.co.uk, 2009-09-12, accessed 2009-11-10
  3. ^ Gate Guardian, RAF Valley, accessed 2009-11-10
  4. ^ CONCORDE SST : HEATHROW MODEL MOVE 2007
  5. ^ Concorde At Brooklands Museum : Project News