NTM2018 Tiger Meet 2018 Poznan-Krzesiny AB Polen

Next event for me in May: NTM2018 Tiger Meet 2018 Poznan-Krzesiny AB Polen, 8th May 2018 Spottersday.

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NTM2018 Tiger Meet 2018 Poznan-Krzesiny AB Polen
NTM2018 Tiger Meet 2018 Poznan-Krzesiny AB Polen

Tiger Association

The story below was found amongst some old papers from the 79 TFS. Although the origin of Tiger Meet is a bit fuzzy, it appears to have started with the 79th and No 74 squadron RAF getting together for some whiskey and cheer in 1960. In 1961 the meeting was continued, with the addition of the French EC 1/12, and so the NATO Tiger Association was born. In 1962 then Lt Mike Dugan volunteered as project officer. Lt Dugan, never one to let authority corrupt fighter pilot activities, decided it should be a true “NATO Tiger Day“. He therefore sent letters directly to all the tigers for which he found an address. A number of units immediately accepted but returned their reply “through channels “. This of course resulted in all the HQs (USAFE, 3rd AF, and the 20th Wing) descending on the 79th with “requests” as to what the hell we thought we were doing. Mike’s program won the Wing Commander’s support and they, in turn convinced Head Quarters that NATO Tigers was possible. About this same time a London paper headlined an article, “IRON CROSSES OVER SUFFOLK” or something close. I then got a call from an RAF friend at Fighter Command.

It was a “friendly consultation” about “Yank” ignorance. It seems that at that time no German military aircraft were allowed near the UK. He had just spent the day un-ruffling the feathers of the Prime Minister’s press office. He’d indicated to the PR boys that both the RAF and other NATO forces were involved and a refusal of the German forces would be difficult. The result was a limited and somewhat miffed consent. USAFE also approved with file usual admonition that nothing bad better happen. After such a bumpy start, Mike’s planning and drive got everything on track and with the help of a world of people it became a success. A couple of other events colored that gathering. We had a motley assortment of tiger emblems, but the spirit was there. The French brought a large transport loaded with ammo boxes for the various competitions. When opened, most of the boxes contained champagne! The Biggin Hill ‘Tiger Moth Club” almost invited themselves. This turned out to be a lucky move, since weather on the flyby day was about 400 ft. in heavy rain. Not to be discouraged -the Moths took off in flights of three and four to do flybys and low level acrobatics. A weird day.

We don ’t know the author of that piece, but we do know that Mike Dugan went on to become a four star general and chief of staff, USAF. The moral of the story is obvious. Squadron level enthusiasm, planning, and the ability to get things done (with the kind assistance and authorization of HQ) leads to success. Tiger spirit has been a key ingredient throughout our history.


Hard To Be Humble Patch
Hard To Be Humble Patch

When 74 squadron first re-equipped with the Lightning in 1960, its CO, John Howe, had been well aware of the US Air Force Tigers at Woodbridge, the 79th TFS of the 20TFW. Correspondence between the two units had been going on since the first contacts had been established a few years before, and occasionally a social meeting was arranged. On impulse, John picked up the phone to speak to his counterpart at the Suffolk base, perhaps with a subconscious idea to set the ball rolling on some sort of operational exchange rather than a purely social one so that 74 could show off their new mount. What he was not aware of at that time was that an old friend of his, Ed Rackham, had just taken command of the 79th TFS. Their meeting again after almost ten years prompted the idea of the two squadrons getting together on a regular operational basis. In 1962 the Tiger Meet was a much bigger affair and eight squadron were represented; the credit to this goes again to Mike Dugan (future CofS USAF), who had spent a large part of his time identifying Tiger Squadrons in all the European and European Based Air Forces.

74 was heavily involved in the workup for Farnborough at the time and, sadly, this commitment allowed the squadron to send only officers to observe and to participate in the social activities, although, as we have seen, it was able to display the lightning at the end of the Meet. Activity was not confined to the air, for apart from a full flying program, a series of conferences was held which dealt with a variety of problems and activities within the sphere of NATO operations. Social aspects were also not overlooked. Receptions and dinners were organized for air as well as ground crews; and at the final banquet the guest of honor was General Anderson, the SHAPE Air Deputy, who by his very presence underlined the importance of the Tiger Meet in the eyes of the highest command. In his speech, General Anderson put into words for perhaps the first time the underlying aims and objectives of the Meet – The promotion of NATO solidarity, the achievement and maintenance of firmer professional relationships amongst NATO personnel and the creation of better understanding of NATO military objectives and the problems of NATO partners. These objectives remain as valid today as they did 53 years ago (source: www.natotigers.org)


Frisian Flag 2018 – The Netherlands

Frisian Flag 2017
RNLAF F16 & Eurofighter GAF

Between 9 and the 20th of April, a large exercise will be held at Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands. The exercise is called Frisian Flag 2018. Participating aircraft from several countries in the world will be airborne twice a day. The purpose of Frisian Flag is preparing for any conflict, the main reason is cooperation between the multiple countries. Every other nation speaks another language and is it important that everyone will speak the same during conflict situations. There has been already some conflicts in the past, like in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and some other countries. Thanks to exercises like Frisian Flag it is possible to actually train the cooperative actions.
Full report from 2017: Frisian Flag 2017


Leeuwarden AB, EHLW NLD
5x Mirage 2000D FAF EC003
5x Rafale B FAF
3x Rafale C FAF
8x EF2000 GAF TLG31 & TLG71
5x F-16C/D PolAF
3x MiG-29 PolAF 1elt
12x F-16AM/BM RNLAF 312sq, 313sq, 322sq
6x F-18 SpAF
6x F-15C/D USAF Oregon ANG
6x F-15C/D USAF Massachusetts ANG
1x Da20EW civil Cobham
Eindhoven AB, EHEH NLD
1x C-130H RNLAF 336sq
1x 1x A310-MRTT Germany GAF
Geilenkirchen, ETNG Germany
Avord, AB LFOA France
1x E-3F FAF ERV01.093
Wittmund ETNT, Germany
3x A-4N civil Discovery Air Defence

Badge FF2018

Evening flying at Leeuwarden airbase the Netherlands 2018


First Update for 2018 @ Airshow Aviation Photo Gallery by Henk Tito: Evening flying at Leeuwarden airbase the Netherlands
Full report: Evening flying at Leeuwarden airbase the Netherlands

Luchtmacht traint bij duisternis Bemanningen van jachtvliegtuigen, transportvliegtuigen en helikopters van de Koninklijke Luchtmacht trainen dagelijks om inzetbaar te zijn voor wereldwijde missies. Omdat daadwerkelijke inzet vaak onder nachtelijke omstandigheden plaatsvindt, is het belangrijk dat de bemanningen ook in het duister trainen. Door de vroeg invallende duisternis zijn de wintermaanden hiervoor zeer geschikt. De bemanningen gebruiken geavanceerde nachtkijkers om in het donker goed te kunnen zien. Deze zogenoemde Night Vision Goggles (NVG) beperken wel het rondom-zicht. Kijken met de apparatuur is vergelijkbaar met het kijken door twee kokertjes. Het vergt daarom veel oefening om goed en veilig met NVG’s te werken. Veel training gebeurt in een vliegsimulator, maar praktijktraining blijft nodig. De periodes en locaties van de trainingen verschillen per type vliegtuig. Het avondvliegen wordt in principe beoefend van maandag tot en met donderdag. Om uiterlijk 00.00 uur moeten de vliegtuigen teruggekeerd zijn op de vliegbases, maar er wordt altijd getracht de oefeningen om rond 23.00 uur te eindigen. Jachtvliegtuigen F-16’s van de vliegbases Volkel en Leeuwarden trainen in de weken 44, 45, 46, 47, 48 en 50. De trainingen vinden vaak boven zee plaats, maar ook boven Nederland. Op het oefenprogramma staan onder andere het luchtgevecht, navigeren en bijtanken in de lucht. Transportvliegtuigen Vanaf vliegbasis Eindhoven wordt het KDC-10 tankvliegtuig ingezet om F-16’s in de lucht te voorzien van brandstof. Gedurende het gehele avondvliegseizoen kunnen trainingsvluchten van de transportvliegtuigen van de Koninklijke Luchtmacht, waaronder de C-130 Hercules en KDC-10, plaatsvinden in de avonduren. Tijdens dergelijke vluchten worden oefennaderingen gemaakt op diverse luchtmachtbases. Helikopters De helikopterbemanningen vliegen vanaf vliegbasis Gilze-Rijen, Maritiem Vliegkamp De Kooy in Den Helder en vliegbasis Deelen naar de verschillende militaire oefenterreinen in Nederland. Er wordt getraind met ladingen in en onder de helikopter, het in- en uitstijgen van personeel en het landen in verschillende omstandigheden. De trainingen worden regelmatig uitgebreid met eenheden van de Koninklijke Landmacht of Koninklijke Marine. Het reguliere avondvliegen is in de periode van 11 september 2017 tot 1 april 2018 en kan in de zomer met enkele weken worden aangevuld. (bron: www.defensie.nl).

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