An aerial salute

The Oregon Air National Guard is conducting flyovers in its F-15 Eagle aircraft at hospitals and other locations throughout Oregon during May to salute Oregonians on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tribute is being conducted by Oregon’s 173rd Fighter Wing, based in Klamath Falls, and the 142nd Wing, based in Portland. “This is a joint effort to demonstrate support and give thanks to health care workers, first responders and other essential workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 response; the goal is to unite all Oregonians during this time,” Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs for the Oregon Military Department, said. The flyover in Lincoln County took place Friday, May 8, with the jets passing over Newport at around 9:45 a.m. Above, Newport resident Jon Lynch captured a shot of the jets in the same frame as a passing flock of cormorants. The photo at right, taken by Jeremy Burke, shows the jets passing overhead.


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