Portland Eagles that intercepted the stolen Q400

Photo: 'Rock 41' scrambles from Portland Airport. Bill Shemley


Images have emerged of the two 142nd Fighter Wing F-15C Eagles that were scrambled from Portland International Airport/ANGB, Oregon, on August 10 in response to the incident that saw a Horizon Air Dash 8 Q400 being taken and flown unauthorized from Seattle Tacoma International Airport by an airline staff member.

F-15Cs callsigns ‘Rock 41’ and ‘Rock 42’ intercepted Richard Russell he he flew the stolen aircraft (N449QX) around the area before crashing on Ketron island, around 50km southwest of Seattle.

‘Rock 41’ (serial 84-0016/MA) wears the markings of the 104th FW from Westfield Barnes Airport/ANGB, Massachusetts because the Portland has borrowed some MA jets due to a joint deployment to Europe. It’s also worth noting that this jet also carries a Sniper targeting pod on the centerline, which is now used by the F-15C for long-range visual identification of targets.

‘Rock 42’ gets airborne from Portland in full reheat. Photo by Bill Shemley

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