Fighter jets with the 142nd Wing out of Portland streaked through skies above Lincoln City Independence Day morning, a reminder that interceptor aircraft is ready to defend the Pacific Northwest at a moment’s notice.
Above, Oregon Air National Guard’s in-flight GoPro footage of 142nd Fighter Wing F-15 flyovers.
The F-15 Eagle fighter jets conducted flyovers at the following locations around the following times on Sunday, July 4:
11:00 a.m. Ridgefield, Wash.
11:15 a.m. Warrenton, Ore.
11:30 a.m. Neskowin, Ore.
11:35 a.m. Lincoln City.
11:45 a.m. Creswell, Ore.
11:55 a.m. Turner, Ore.
Aircraft passed approximately 1,000 feet above ground level, travelling at 400 mph airspeed.
Colonel David Unruh, 142nd Wing commander, said his airmen were enthusiastic to fly over for the Fourth of July.
“Protecting our nation and community is a privilege we take seriously. Everyday, F-15 Eagles of the 142nd Wing are on watch. On the anniversary of our independence, we are glad to help celebrate our independence in a very American way,” Unruh said. “When you look up and see your United States Air National Guard Eagles overhead, remember that your nation is strong. The 142nd Wing is proud to be part of your Independence Day celebration.”
About the 142nd Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 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 through their Aerospace Control Alert mission 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.