one of the last to cross 2,000 flight hours in the F-15C

By Tech. Sgt. Alexander Frank

Portland, Ore.– On March 22nd, 2023, Lt. Col. Jonathan Friedman, a pilot with the 123rd Fighter Squadron, took off from Portland Air National Guard Base (PANGB) flying an F-15C as he’s done dozens of times before. But this flight was a special one, as it would mark the 2,000th hour Friedman has spent flying the F-15C. While it’s not entirely uncommon for pilots to reach this milestone, this is likely the last time it will be reached in this airframe by an Oregon Guardsman.

Lt. Col. Jonathon Friedman, 123rd Fighter Squadron, poses in front of an F-15C prior to takeoff from Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. on March 22nd, 2023. Friedman recently reached 2,000 flight hours in the F-15C, and will likely be one of the last Oregon guardsman to do so. With the upcoming arrival of the F-15EX within the net year, Friedman’s accomplishment serves as a capstone to over 30 year legacy of the F-15 in Oregon. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander Frank)