Category Archives: Illinois National Guard

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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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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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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183d Fighter Wing Gate Guards

183d FIghter Wing Gate Guards September 23. 2012                                

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