Tom Kaminski reports on the two major F-15C/D Eagle bases in the US State of Oregon
Since late 2010, the Pacific Northwest state of Oregon has been home to the largest number of Boeing F-15C/Ds in the continental US. Operated by units of the Oregon Air National Guard (ANG), the fleet includes Eagles that are tasked operationally and for training. The F-15C/D is operated by six ANG wings that are responsible for 137 jets and provide 31% of the Nation’s Aerospace Control Alert (ACA) assets. Nearly 40% of the ANG Eagle fleet operates from Portland ANG Base (ANGB) and Kingsley Field ANGB – located in northern and southern Oregon, respectively.
Portland ANGB is adjacent to Portland International Airport, around six miles northeast of the city. The facility is the headquarters for the 142nd Wing – re-designated from the 142nd Fighter Wing (FW) on March 6, 2020. Reporting to the wing’s 142nd Operations Group (OG), the 123rd Fighter Squadron (FS) ‘Redhawks’ is one of five combat-coded ANG squadrons that currently operate the F-15C/D and report to Air Combat Command.