Wenona, Illinois: F-84F Thunderstreak

Old fighter jet on display in a parking lot.
4 Cavalry Drive, Wenona, IL
Southwest of town. I-39 exit 35. Drive east on IL-17. You'll immediately see the jet on the right, just past the exit motel.
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F84F Thunderstreak.

F84F Thunderstreak

Previous tip lists this as gone, but it's not. It's still in Wenona, off of an Interstate 39 exit, sitting in the parking lot of a gambling hall. The jet is now painted olive drab instead of its previous camouflage colors. The concrete under the wheels is sinking/tilting, bird poo is oozing from nose machine gun ports, and the wing tanks are dented from people standing on them.

[Eric Goggil, 08/18/2018]

Thunderstreak jet.

F-84F Thunderstreak

There is an F-84F Thunderstreak jet parked just of I-39/US Hwy 51 in Wenona. It is the swept wing version of the F-84 Thunderjet. This was the first USAF jet fighter able to carry atomic weapons and was used by the Strategic Air Command to escort heavy weapons. The prototype of the F-84F first flew on June 3, 1950. I don't know the history of how this plane got there, but there is a Wright Brothers Buffet and Grill just south of the parking lot where the plane is located.

[Paul Sisul, 11/12/2006]
WWII Fighter Plane

There is an old WWII fighter plane just outside of Wenona on I-39 next to the Pizza Hut. It used to sit right on the edge of town next to a grocery store off of old Rte 51, until the store closed and the interstate was built. Somehow I don't think they flew it to its new location....

[Peg Clydesdale, 05/21/2004]

Ron Renken reports: "The plane in Wenona, Illinois is actually a F-86 Sabre Jet, used in Korea. It is not a WW2 plane -- they started building them in 1948. As a kid I would spend hours playing on that jet while my Dad was hanging out at the gun shop down the street. You used to be able to look through the cockpit and see all the controls, but the cockpit has since been painted black. The grocery store it used to sit next to was an awesome cheese store back in the '70s!"

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