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F-15 jets fly over Portland area on 20th anniversary of 9/11 to honor lives lost

The Oregon National Guard conducted flyovers above Albany, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash. on Saturday morning.
Credit: 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affair
An F-15 Eagle from the 123rd Fighter Squadron, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. takes off over a rain-soaked Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. during Checkered Flag, November 12, 2019. Checkered Flag is a multi-airframe, joint-service exercise which enables pilots to carry out complex air-to-air combat scenarios. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Steph Sawyer, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Military jets flew over Vancouver, Wash. and Albany, Ore. on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Saturday to honor the innocent lives lost on that fateful day. 

The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Wing used using F-15 Eagle fighter jets to conduct the flyovers, according to a news release 

The jets were scheduled to fly over the Linn County Courthouse in Albany, about 65 miles south of Portland, at 9:03 a.m. and Waterfront Park in Vancouver at 9:15 a.m. 

The National Guard said the jets would be traveling about 400 miles per hour at 1,000 feet above ground level. 

Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, when four planes were hijacked by terrorists. Two of the planes struck the World Trade Center buildings in New York City, one struck the Pentagon and a fourth plane went down in Pennsylvania after its passengers revolted against the hijackers. 

Hundreds of people have reportedly died or developed serious health issues from toxins related to the collapse of the World Trade Center. 

9/11 remains the deadliest terrorist attack in human history.