Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Lockheed T-33 Restoration In Process

About two years ago, a crew from the 183d Fighter Wing, Illinois National Guard based at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Springfield, Illinois, dismantled and transported to their base, a T-33 which had served as a teaching tool at Southern Illinois University’s School of Aviation at the airport outside Carbondale. The goal then, as now, is …

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McDonnell F-4D Phantom Removed From 183d FW Pedestal

The F-4D was removed the same morning as the F-84F and F-86E (actually a Canadair CL-13) presented here earlier.                  

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Republic F-84F Removed from 183d TFG Pedestal

The Republic F-84F Thunderstreak removed recently from its pedestal in a memorial park next to the former main gate of the 183d Fighter Wing, Illinois Air National Guard actually flew operationally with the group until the type was replaced by McDonnell F-4Cs in January 1972.                     …

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John Thornton Walker of Springfield, Illinois

John Thornton Walker (JTW)  was the son of a Springfield fireman. He attended Springfield High School where he was injured in a school fire that burned most of the hair from the top of his head. He was a private pilot who flew from what was known as Springfield Commercial Airport in the late 30s. …

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Dismounting the Gate Guards, Part 1: North American F-86E Sabre.

  Photographs of the removal of the 84F will be featured in the next posting here. After posting all photos with short captions, I will return to add narrative text to this story.  

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