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142nd Fighter Wing F-15s Launch for Temporary Flight Restriction ViolationSalem-News.com
Fighter jets break sonic barrier today enroute to Washington.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - At 1:38 p.m. this afternoon, within minutes of notification, two F-15C fighters from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing scrambled in response to a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) violation in the vicinity of Seattle, Wash. The jets were under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Minutes after takeoff, they were cleared to accelerate to supersonic speed -- faster than the speed of sound. Thus, people from Longview, Wash. to the Puget Sound area heard a sonic boom.
Once within the TFR airspace, the jets remained in a holding pattern awaiting further guidance from the Western Air Defense Sector and Seattle Air Traffic Control Center. After moving their holding pattern overhead at Paine Field, Wash. they were eventually cleared back to Portland.
The F-15s returned to Portland Air National Guard Base and landed at 2:45 and 2:58. The 142nd Fighter Wing's mission continues as the F-15s are back on alert defending the skies of the Pacific Northwest.
The 142 Fighter Wing's mission is Air Defense of the Pacific Northwest from the Canadian border to California and out over the Pacific Ocean. As guardians of the Pacific Northwest, our Airman are on alert 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ready to respond at a moment's notice when requested.
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