The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing is scheduled to unveil the nose art of an F-15 fighter jet during a Cities of Honor Ceremony at the Portland Air Base in Portland and the city of Astoria will be honored with special nose art, which depicts iconic images of the city.
The Oregon Air National Guard's Cities of Honor program was started in 2007, during the 60th Anniversary commemoration of the United States Air Force. In all, 21 fighter jets at the Portland Air Base honor cities throughout Oregon and Washington. Cities include; Astoria, Beaverton, Bend, Corvallis, Gresham, Hillsboro, Hood River, Lake Oswego, McMinnville, Newberg, Pendleton, Portland, Salem, Tigard, Tillamook, West Linn, Wilsonville, Woodburn, Vancouver and Battle Ground, Wash.
The artwork has been specially created for each jet, including the name of each of these cities, honoring the relationship between the local communities and the Citizen-Airmen who reside there.
Historically, nose art was used to personalize combat aircraft and boost unit morale. World War II was an era where artwork was in high demand, and extravagant creations highlighted unit pride and cohesion. Today, the Air Force allows for specialized artwork for fighter aircraft that is distinctive, symbolic and in good taste to enhance unit morale