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Military Presence At PDX?  
User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6063 times:

This might belong in Military but seeing as PDX is a civilian airport, I'll start here. Mods, move if necessary...

Last night I was sitting on AS#500 to SNA, just short of the runway at PDX. We were holding for ages, even though there was nothing in front of us and nothing approaching. Then suddenly I heard the roar of an engine too loud and wrong pitch to be an airliner. Looked out the window and I saw a fighter jet going like a bat out of hell down the runway. It looked like an F-16, but it was dark and I couldn't tell. It was followed by three more. Once they were all airborne, we taxied on and rolled and off we went.

My question...is there a military presence at PDX? If there is, how big is the operation? If not, any idea what these jets were doing there? Also, are there any other civilian airports in the US that also server military purposes?

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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9759 posts, RR: 66
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6064 times:

there is an ANG station there, they fly F-15's.

User currently offlineATCGOD From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 668 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6026 times:

It is also quite common to see F/A-18's there too. In fact, one crashed into the Columbia River back in 2004. I was driving along I-84 and saw some of the aftermath.


User currently offlineAvsfan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 250 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5909 times:

We have military aircraft come in and out of Grand Junction airport all the time. The US military is not restricted from flying in and out of civilian airports.

"Oh I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth...Put out my hand and touched the face of God"
User currently offlineRamprat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5886 times:

There is a ANG base at PDX. The 142nd fighter wing is based there. They fly the F-15A. Their duties are to patrol the skies from the California border up to the Canadian border. They have flown the F-86, F-89, F-94, F-101, F-102, F-4, and now the F-15A. They are supposed to get the F-15C/D as soon as active squadrons start getting the F-22's. They are always two F-15's on alert status.

There was also a reverse unit based at PDX. A KC-135E squadron just left this year. There was a rescue squadron before that. They flew HC-130's and UH-60's Pave hawks.

They just repaved half of the reverse ramp, and upgraded the hangars. As you would know, the Government decided to move the tankers right after the remodel.


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17273 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5880 times:

There are many US commercial Airports with Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve Stations, these include..

Portland (ANG F-15s)
Pittsburgh (ANG, AFR C-130s, KC-135s)
Atlantic City (ANG F-16s)
Jacksonville (ANG F-15s)
Memphis (C-5s)
Stewart (C-5s, C-130s)
Phoenix (Kc-135s)
Milwaukee (KC-135s)
Minneapolis (C-130s)

Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineNightHawk117 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5827 times:

Add BOI to that list...they have the 190thFS at Gowen field (adjacent to the airport). They fly the A-10. There's also C-130s as well.

Team Stealth...when it absolutely, positively HAS to be taken out overnight!
User currently offlineAvsfan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 250 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5810 times:

ATCGod...Where do you 'push tin' at?

"Oh I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth...Put out my hand and touched the face of God"
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