The Oregon National Guard's F-15 Eagle fighter jets were busy all May with salutes for the heroes among us

ERIC NORBERG - The F-15 fighter jets were traveling so fast, and were low enough, that they had come and gone in just a few seconds. This is how they looked in the sky as they tore past Sellwood and Westmoreland, enroute to the OHSU Towers at the west end of the Ross Island Bridge. The Oregon Air National Guard 173rd Fighter Wing, based at the Portland International Airport, sent two F-15 Eagle jet fighter planes to fly over and salute "healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers on the front line of the COVID-19 coronavirus response," according to Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department; "This effort also demonstrates the full capabilities of our Oregon National Guard Citizen Soldiers and Airmen." The flyovers took place on Friday, May 8, starting at 8:50 a.m. over Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, proceeding eastward from there to Hood River and The Dalles, back to Gresham and Portland, down to Clackamas and Oregon City and back to Portland, Tualatin, Hillsboro, the coast, Corvallis and Albany, multiple locations in the Salem area, and concluding over Newburg at 10:20 a.m. The planes roared over Inner Southeast Portland at 9:13 a.m., enroute from Providence Milwaukie Hospital to the OHSU Towers at the west end of the Ross Island Bridge. The times for the 39 flyovers had been announced in advance; Bomar remarked that, "Anyone living in and around these hospitals should see and hear the jets." They certainly did. Although these fast jets were not really flying all that low, when you saw them coming in your direction and felt their thunder, they seemed quite low indeed!

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