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Special Paint Schemes On Fighter Jets Is The Uniform Of The Day As Oregon ANG Hosts Exercise

Sentry Eagle 2017 Was Attended By Jets From One Corner Of The Country To The Other

Official US Air Force Photograph

Exercise Sentry Eagle 2017 was the 30th time the large-force tactical exercise has taken place. The biennial event drew 48 visiting Air Force and Navy aircraft from around the country. Boeing F-15C and F-15D Eagle fighters attended the event from the hosting 173rd Fighter Wing (FW), Oregon Air National Guard (ANG) Eagles based at Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base (ANGB) near Klamath Falls.

The Eagles prepared a specially-adorned Eagle that was hands-down the best looking F-15 at the event. Additional F-15Cs and F-15Ds attended the exercise from the 144th FW, California ANG Griffins based at Fresno ANGB and the 142nd FW Oregon ANG Redhawks based at Portland ANGB. Thanks to YouTuber Habujet for uploading this video.

Official US Air Force Photograph

In addition to the Eagles attending the exercise, General Dynamics F-16C Vipers from the 149th FW, Texas ANG Lone Star Gunfighters based at Kelly Field Annex, from the 54th FG based at Holloman AFB in New Mexico, from the Air Force Reserve (AFRES) 419th FW based at Hill AFB in Utah, and from the 162nd FW, Arizona ANG based at Tucson ANGB attended the exercise. The 149th recently celebrated their 70th Anniversary in style with a special paint job on their best-of-show F-16.

Official US Air Force Photograph

Also attending the exercise were Navy Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadron TWO FIVE (VFA-25) Fist of the Fleet with Carrier Air Wing SEVEN (CVW-7) and from VFA-151 Argonauts with CVW-9, both based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore in California. Rounding out the attending tactical aircraft were 56th OG Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs from Luke AFB in Arizona. The passing of gas to the tactical jets was performed by the 116th Air Refueling Squadron Ace of Spaces, 141st Air Refueling Wing (ARW), Washington ANG Boeing KC-135R Stratotankers based at Fairchild AFB near Spokane.

Official US Navy Photograph

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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