Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tribute to Oregon Air National Guard a "step back in time"

Many readers of our blog may not remember when the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing flew F-4 Phantom jets.

The 142nd Fighter Wing transitioned to F-15 Eagles in 1989. According to Wikipedia, the unit has on static display at the Air Base, one of several surviving F-4 Phantom II's left in the world.

Thanks to Thunderbolt, those who don't remember seeing these sleek, Vietnam-era jets streaking over North Portland can now watch a pair of them, (via computer animation), as they escort an American Airlines passenger jet which has lost communications, back to Portland International Airport.

Yes, the Redhawks' tailflash is missing (see the picture of our tailflash on an F-15 to the left), but the quality of graphics and ground facility references more than make up for that!

If you would like to see Thunderbolt's other aviation videos, visit his site here.

1 comment:

rob said...

Nice post, I first was at the Air Guard Base in October 1973, I came Palace Chase from Mountain Home AFB Idaho and was amazed and didn't know there was a Guard base in Portland. I retired in October 2003 with 30 and 1/2 years of service, I was at Portland, Warrenton and visited Klamath Falls and Coos Bay a few times in my career. Always loved the sound of freedom that the many jets that the Air Base has flown over the years!