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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A gate guardian or gate guard is a withdrawn piece of equipment, often an aircraft, armoured vehicle, artillery piece, or locomotive, mounted on a plinth and used as a static display near to and forming a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 a site, especially a military base.[1][2] Commonly, gate guardians outside airbases are decommissioned examples of aircraft that were once based there, or still are.[citation needed]



Examples of gate guardians include the following:


In Australia, gate guards are also often found outside Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) clubs.[citation needed]


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United KingdomEdit

United States of AmericaEdit


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  1. ^ "A-6 Intruder (A-6E) Gate Guardian". Wikimapia.
  2. ^ "A-7 Corsair II (A-7) Gate Guardian USN NAS Atlanta". Wikimapia. Atlanta, Georgia. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
  3. ^ Arbuckle, Alex Q. (August 29, 1989). "Hacienda Nápoles: What do you buy the drug lord who has everything? A zoo".
  4. ^ "BBC News - Gloucestershire Jet Age Museum buys Gloster Javelin". BBC Online. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  5. ^ Gate Guardian, RAF Valley, accessed 2009-11-10
  6. ^ Marshall, Chris, ed. (Autumn 2017). "Cosford's Gate Guardian". Cosford Grapevine. Rushden: Forces publishing: 25. OCLC 751026701.
  7. ^ "Edinburgh Airport Spitfire saved by devoted pilot". JPIMedia. Edinburgh Evening News. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Fundraising drive begins to replace rotting gate guardians". Newsshopper. RAF Biggin Hill, UK. September 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
  9. ^ "Iconic Tornado returns to guard the gates of Leeming". Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Concorde moved from Heathrow Airport to Brooklands Museum". Brooklands Museum. September 2012.
  12. ^ "Bradley - IAP, Connecticut". US Demobbed. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  13. ^ a b "McConnell AFB, Kansas". US Demobbed. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  14. ^ a b c "Bradley - ANG, Connecticut". US Demobbed. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Langley CIA, Virginia". US Demobbed. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Brunswick - Glynco Jetport, Georgia". US Demobbed. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Prescott, Arizona". US Demobbed. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Hawker Siddeley-McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II, s/n 162969 USN, c/n 512096". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 29 August 2018.