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January 09, 2008
Oregon Air National Guard takes to the skies again as some F-15 Eagles are cleared for flight
A Nov. 2 crash of an F-15 raised concerns about the safety of the F-15 fleet, and the entire U.S. Air Force fleet of F-15s stood down for a short time. Engineers have focused recently on the A-D models while allowing the E models to return to flight. Concern centered on the longeron, a critical support structure in the airframe. After intensive inspections some of the F-15 A-D models are now returning to flight, including several from Oregon.

There are two F-15 bases in Oregon: the 142nd FW at the Portland International Airport, and the 173rd FW at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls. The 142nd FW protects the skies for the Pacific Northwest from the Canadian border to northern California, and there are a total of 19 F-15s stationed there. The 173rd FW is one of two F-15 training bases with 25 F-15s assigned.

The 173rd FW will resume flying operations Jan. 10.

For additional information on the return to flight, go to www.acc.af.mil.

See the F-15 fact sheet at: http://www.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=101 
080109-F-8260H-027.jpg  First Lt. Tyler Cox of the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing conducts a post-flight inspection of his F-15 today at the Portland Air National Guard Base. Cox is among the first pilots at the base to be airborne after a series of stand downs that kept F-15 models A-D on the ground.

PHOTO CREDIT: Official U.S. Air Force Photo by Oregon Air National Guard Sr. Amn. John Hughel, Jr.
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Major Mike Braibish
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