Gate guard

For a person who guards a gate, see Security 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A gate guardian or gate guard is a withdrawn piece of equipment, often an aircraft, armoured vehicle, artillery piece or locomotive, mounted on a plinth and used as a static display near to and forming a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 of gate guardians include the following:

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located at the main road entrance to Heathrow Airport, when it was moved to Brooklands Museum, Surrey.[4][5] It has been replaced by a model of an Airbus A380 in Emirates livery.


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