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North Carolina ANG 145th Airlift Wing — static displays at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

13 January 2012

North Carolina ANG 145th Airlift Wing — static displays near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

Only a few minutes from Charlotte-Douglas Airport’s main terminal is the portion of the airport that is the base for the North Carolina Air National Guard 145th Airlift Wing. The base has had other squadrons based there as can be seen by the North American F-86D Sabre mounted atop a plinth. Currently — judging by aircraft being serviced in the hangars as well as a static display so recent is does not appear in either Google Earth, Google Maps or Bird’s eye view in Bing maps — a Lockheed C-130 Hercules.

The gate entrance to the 145th Airlift Wing ANG of North Carolina on Minuteman Way, just north of Morris Field Drive near Charlotte Douglas International Airport — photo by Joseph May

35º 12′ 53″ N / 80º 55′ 26″ W

North American F-86 Sabre, a Sabre with radar and rockets but no guns, “flying” as gate guard — photo by Joseph May

35º 12′ 54″ N / 80º 55′ 29″ W

Lockheed C-130 Hercules at the intersection of Minuteman Way and Morris Field Drive in Charlotte — photo by Joseph May

The view of the Hercules from Minuteman Way — photo by Joseph May

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 13 January 2012 11:06

    what a great view of the F86…powerful/aggressive! Nice shot , Joe!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      13 January 2012 13:13

      My exact reaction when I first saw this one in a Panoramio photo, I made sure to get to this shot when I had the chance. The day I arrived was an overcast sky making for a nicely diffused light — perfect for a silver aircraft. Plus the F-86 being positioned the way it was — I got very lucky with this one.

  2. 13 January 2012 21:29

    You have a good eye for composition keep up the good work. thanks your articles are very interesting.

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