Oregon’s 142nd Wing Will Conduct F-15 Night Training Missions
Jet fighters screaming.
Did you know some people can actually tell what military fighter jet is flying above them based on the sound of its engines? For example, the F/A-18 Super Hornet has a much higher pitched whine than say, a F-15, but have the Screaming Eagle fly low over your abode more than once and you'll never forget it.
The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Wing will conduct routine F-15 Eagle night training missions starting tonight, January 5, 2021 until January 9, 2021 and then once again in January on the 12th-14th.
“Night flying is particularly important for Oregon because the 142nd Wing provides 24/7/365 top-cover for the entire Pacific Northwest,” said Colonel David Unruh, 142nd Wing Commander. “The night training ensures our pilots maintain the highest level of readiness. Night flying, with its additional challenges, hones the tactical edge to razor sharpness.”
Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted as an essential training requirement for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 11:00 p.m.
About the 142nd Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs around 1,400 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $130 million to the region. The 142nd Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from Northern California to the Canadian border, as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.