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Πέμπτη, 2 Ιουνίου 2016

NATO Tiger Meet 2016: When tigers fly!


The NATO Tiger Association or the Association of Tiger Squadrons was established in 1961. Promoted by French Defence minister Pierre Messmer, its role is to promote solidarity between NATO air forces. It is not, though, part of the formal NATO structure.


The USAFE (United States Air Force Europe) 79th TFS (Tactical Fighter Squadron) took the initiative and on 19 July 1961 they invited No. 74 Squadron RAF and EC (Fighter Squadron) 1/12 Provence of the French Armée de l'air to Woodbridge in England. France was then a full military member of NATO.


As of May 2016, the squadrons included in the Association are 24 full members, 10 honorary members, and 7 disbanded members, all of which have a tiger as part of its squadron crest. 


As well as being opportunities for NATO air forces to share ideas and experiences, the ‘Tiger Meets’ are also public relations exercises for NATO. NATO aircraft are often brightly painted with tiger stripes.


The Hellenic Air Force participated with an appropriately painted "tiger" F-16 Block 52+ Adv.



















2016

Tiger Meet Data

NATO Tiger Meet 2016
Hosted From Monday, 16th May
Hosted until Friday, 27th May
Host: Ala 15
BA Zaragoza, Spain

Participants

NTA Members - Flying Participants
UnitAircraft
Ala 15 (SpAF)
BA Zaragoza
EF-18+ Hormet (6x)
142 Esc (SpAF)
Albacete
EF2000 Typhoon (6x)
21° Gruppo (ItAF)
Grazzanise
AB-212ICO (2x)
31 smd (BAF)
Kleine Brogel
F-16A/B MLU Fighting Falcon (8x)
TaktLwG 74 (GAF)
Neuburg
EF2000 Typhoon (8x)
11F (FN)
BAN Landiviseau
Rafale M (6x)
ECE 01/30 (FAF)
BA 118 Mont-de-Marsan
Mirage 2000D (4x)
335 Mira (HAF)
Araxos
F-16C/D Block 52+ Fighting Falcon (4x)
313 sqn (RNlAF)
Vlb. Volkel
F-16A/B MLU Fighting Falcon (2x)
(1st week only)
59/1 Sqn (HuAF)
Kecskemét
JAS-39C/D Gripen (5x)
338 Skv (RNoAF)
MAS Ørland
F-16A/B MLU Fighting Falcon (6x)
(Only from Wednesday )
1 AEW&CS (NATO)
MOB Geilenkirchen
E-3A Sentry (2x)
6 ELT (PolAF)
Poznan-Krzesiny AB
F-16C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon (6x)
211 TL (CzAF)
Cáslav AFB
JAS-39C/D Gripen (4x)
221 LtBVr (CzAF)
Námest
Mi-24 Hind (2x)
221 LtBVr (CzAF)
Námest
Mi-17 Hip (1x)
Staffel 11 (ChAF)
Meiringen
F/A-18C/D Hornet (5x)
192 Filo (TuAF)
Balikesir AB
F-16C/D Block 50 Fighting Falcon (5x)
230 Sqn (RAF)
RAF Benson
Puma HC.2 (1x)


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