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  • About that Shark mouth on the 151 Jet…

    A shark mouth is now painted on the nose of a 123rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle fighter, serial number 86-0151, at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon. The nose art honors a former 151 crew chief, Master Sergeant Marty Nance, who passed away in 2018. Shark mouths have been painted on military aircraft since the First World War, to intimidate a foe and also to show some fighting spirit.
  • Even Better with Age: The 142nd Wing turns 78

    Every person has a birthday, and so do organizations. This year marks the 78th anniversary of the 142nd Wing, which was initially created during the Second World War with the activation of the 371st Fighter Group on July 15, 1943.
  • Moving into the Jet Age in the 1950s

    The 1950s was a time of tremendous development in aviation, with many new aircraft capabilities as the transition from propeller to jet combat aircraft was completed. For the Oregon Air National Guard, this decade was marked by multiple changes in airframe.
  • Memorial Day 2021 - Remembering a Rough Transition

    Memorial Day is the day dedicated to remembering and those who gave their lives in service to our country. As such, the men and women of the 142nd Wing pause to honor those of the unit who died in service to the nation.
  • 116th ACS marks 50 years in ORANG

    Congratulations to the men and women of the 116th Air Control Squadron on the 50th anniversary of their squadron’s assignment to the Oregon Air National Guard!
  • When Three Became One: The Foundation of the Modern 142nd Wing, May 24, 1946

    On May 24, 1946, three different entities with three different histories came together for the first time to create what we know as the 142nd Wing based at Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Oregon.
  • A Cyclone-Roaring December 7: The 123rd Observation Squadron Goes to War

    You may hear the thunder of the 123rd Fighter Squadron’s jet engines on takeoff from Portland Air National Guard Base, a sign of readiness.  But on this December day in 1941 that sound was a roar, the roar of a nine-cylinder Wright R-1820-57 Cyclone 9 radial engine of 1,060 horsepower for a propeller-driven aircraft taking off on the squadron’s
  • The Wartime Life of a Gunplumber: An Interview with Victor B. Kramer

    It takes teamwork to generate and employ the airpower needed to fly, fight and win.  It’s always been that way in aerial warfare.  Though pilots often receive their due credit for their work at the pointy end, members of the ground echelon don’t perhaps receive as much attention, nor do they ask for it.  But the fighter pilots and P-47 Thunderbolts
  • A Portland Connection to the Doolittle Raid of 18 April 1942

    Some 76 years have passed since the famous Doolittle Raid on Japan, 18 April 1942, when US Army Air Corps Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle led the crews of 16 B-25B Mitchell bombers off the pitching, wet and windswept deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8).  It was the first American attack on the Japanese home islands, a shock to the
  • Sixty Years of Redhawk Alert

    In the wake of the Korean War, air defenses in North America were built up and the ANG was an integral part of that effort.  On this 1 October date in 1958, the 142d Fighter Group (Air Defense) of the Oregon Air National Guard (Ore ANG) established an alert capability at Portland as part of the Air Defense Augmentation Program.  Twenty ANG
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