The Birth Pangs of Portland Air Base – Part IV: First Air Defense Exercise in 1941

A flight of Republic P-43 Lancer fighters of the 55th Pursuit Group beats up the ramp in a pass in review overhead Portland Air Base, Oregon on Saturday, September 6, 1941. The base commander, Col Joseph Stromme, hosted some 80 prospective new aviation cadets on that day, about eight of which are looking up from their single-winged reviewing stand. (Photo courtesy of the Oregonian, 142nd Wing History Archive)

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