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Welcome 125+142 FW, a short history and pictures...

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The 159FIS/TFS 125FIG has a long history going back to the forties in UK till VE-day flying P-47 and P-51. Inactivated in the fall of 1945, the unit was allotted to the National Guard and the 159FS was federally recognized on Febr 9 1947. It first flew the F-51D from the Thomas Cole Municipal Airport in Jacksonville. During its second year the unit became one of the first Air Guard units equipped with jets (Shooting Stars) and became 159FS (Jet) on Aug 1 1948. It was called to active duty in the Korea conflict. Together with two George AFB units it formed the 116th FBG at Misawa Japan flying F-84E. The 159FIS returned to Florida in July 1952 and was again equipped with Mustangs. It received only four F86’A but the F80C was again chosen as its mission aircraft.
The unit reached the Group status on July 1 1956: 159FIS/125FIG in the Air Defence role. From August 1956 the powerful F-86D’s were introduced and from 1959 the F-86L.
The F102 entered service from July 1960. Many ex 32 FIS F102’s were transferred to this unit (for instance 61013 see photo, which left Soesterberg July 3 1969) and was replaced by the F106A in the end of 1974. In April 1987 the 125th converted to F-16A/B, the aircraft were modified to F16ADF and became the first unit to assume NORAD Air Defence Alert.
In 1992 the 125 FIG gaining command changed from TAC to the newly created Air Combat Command (ACC), the designation was changed into 125FG. However the bulk of ANG units flying operational flying missions were redesignated as wings: 125th FW.
June 1995 the 125FW converted to F-15A/B and in 2006 the F-15C/D until today
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and the F16's:
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Very nice!!
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And don't forget the "old" F-15's .......
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123rdFIS/142FIG Oregon ANG: the unit was originally organized op April 18 1941 when the 123 Observation Sq was activated at Swan Island Airport Portland. Equipped with NA O-47’s and Stinson O-49’s. Called to active duty they flew from Gray Field, Ft Lewis WA anti-submarine patrol along the Pacific coast. From August 1942 entil summer of 1944 the untit operated in Washington, California, Texas and Oklahoma to provide support for training troops with a mis of aircraft such as B-25, P-38, A-20 an P-39. During that time it was redesignated twice, becoming the 123ReconSq (Bombardment) on April 2 1943 and the 35 Photographic Recon Sq on august 11 1943. The 35 PRS completed its training stateside prior to being shipped to China with the 14th and 10th Air Forces from September 1944 till VJ-day.
Postwar the unit was organized in the Oregon National Guard flying P-51D’s. Got federal recognition as the 123FS August 30 1946. Still equipped with Mustangs, the 123rd was called to active duty again March 1 1951. Most personnel were rapidly reassigned to various commands under Western Air Defence Force but others went to Chicago O’Hare from which flew briefly the F-84C as part of the 142FW, Continental Air Command. Finally, April 27 1951 all OR ANG personnel had been transferred out and the unit transferred to state control again December 1 1952 flying again the F-51D.
As the 123FIS, the sq converted to F-86A’s in summer 1953, from October 1955 the F-94B Scorpion, and the newer version from June 1957 F-89D/H/J’s. The Delta Dagger entered service in January 1966 and the F-101B Voodoo’s 1971. AfterAfter the inactivation of Aerospace Defense Command in 1979 and the reassignment to Tactical Air Command (ADTAC), the 123rd began receiving F-4C Phantom II The conversion to F-4C was completed in FY 1982. In 1985, as part of the retirement of the F-4C from the inventory, the Oregon Air National Guard began to receive F-15A/B Eagles from active-duty units receiving the upgraded F-15C. In 2005, the early F-15A/B model were retired and the squadron received its current aircraft, the F-15C/D Eagle
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