Category Archives: F-84F Thunderstreak

183d FW Gate Guards Waiting

These pictures show the former gate guard F-84F, F-86 (actually a Canadair CL-13), F-4D and future gate guard F-16 as they were when I visited them at the home of the 183d Fighter Wing, Illinois Air National Guard. They are slated to be mounted on new pedestals in the public area memorial park just outside …

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183d TFW Gate Guards Waiting – Part 2

  Another deviation was the re-painting of the preserved aircraft in only one green color (34102) instead of the two greens applied in SEA-scheme birds. I was told there was not enough money in the preservation budget for the second green (34079): The next post here at AKM Gallery of flight will include a view …

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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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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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183d Fighter Wing Gate Guards

183d FIghter Wing Gate Guards September 23. 2012                                

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