National Guard jet

Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle pilots from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland are conducting night training flights in our area this week.

PORTLAND — The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing is conducting routine F-15 Eagle night training missions through Nov. 29.

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 essential training for nighttime maneuvers, according to a press release from the air guard. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10 p.m.

Coastal citizens sometimes notice these aircraft over the Pacific Ocean, or hear the noise they make.

The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an estimated economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region.

The 142nd Fighter Wing defends the U.S. with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24/7 Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

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