Cool Ride II
“Mount McKinley.” Air defense at its best, as three Oregon ANG F-102A fighter-interceptors fly in tight formation above majestic Mt. McKinley. Known by natives as “Denali” or “The High One,” the summit reaches 20,237 feet above sea level. The closest is “776,” which was group commander Col. Patrick O’Grady’s personal aircraft. Note the shamrock aft of the canopy and the four stripes on the aft fuselage. Master Sgt. Ray Dahm was the crew chief, and the aircraft bore his name on the right side of the canopy. Seventeen OreANG F/TF-102A’s flew from Portland to Alaska and performed some 230 air defense intercepts during the 15 days of annual training. They resumed their alert duty upon return to Portland. (Courtesy 142FW History Archives)

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