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A gate guardian or gate guard is a withdrawn piece of equipment, often an aircraft, armoured vehicle, artillery piece or locomotive, mounted on a plinth and used as a static display near to and forming a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located at the main road entrance to Heathrow Airport, when it was moved to Brooklands Museum, Surrey.[4][5] It has been replaced by a model of an Airbus A380 in Emirates livery.


See also[]

  • Door god
  • Imperial guardian lion


  1. A-6E Gate Guardian, A-7 Gate Guardian, USN NAS Atlanta, in wikimapia, accessed 2009-11-10
  2. RAF Biggin Hill - Fundraising drive begins to replace rotting gate guardians,, 2009-09-12, accessed 2009-11-10
  3. Gate Guardian, RAF Valley, accessed 2009-11-10
  5. Concorde At Brooklands Museum : Project News
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