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US Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing hosts F-35s for dissimilar air combat training

The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will host F-35’s from the 61st Fighter Squadron and F-16’s from the 8th Fighter Squadron out of Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, August 17-24, 2018, to conduct Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT).

Los F-35 del 56th Fighter Wing has been conducting Dissimilar Air Combat Training with the 142nd Fighter Wing’s F-15C Eagles over the past two weeks and air-to-air refuelling mission over Oregon with the USAF KC-135 Stratotankers from the 141st Air Refueling Wing.

DACT provides realistic combat scenarios for pilots to hone advanced aerial tactics that may be used against potential adversaries. The training is an essential and required component to ensure military readiness in support of the base’s national and state missions.

Flights will depart from and land at the Portland International Airport starting August 20th, and training will occur in approved airspace several miles off the Oregon coast. In an effort to foster coordination with the community and the Port of Portland, flights will launch daily after 8 a.m. and will conclude before 4 pm.

Source and images: 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Master Sgt. John Hughel
Video: Senior Airman Alexander Frank