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Nato Tiger Meet 2016
 
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EF2000 Typhoon - 30+29 - Jagdgeschwader 74 - German Air Force   JAS 39C Gripen - 37 - 1 Vadászrepülö Repüloszázad - Hungarian Air Force   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - 692 - 338 Skvadron - Norwegian Air Force   Rafale M - 19 - 11 Flottille - French Navy
 

NATO Tiger Meet 2016 - Zaragoza Airbase, Spain


Words and images by Alex van der Goot

From Monday 16th till Friday 27th of May 2016 the 15 Wing (ALA 15) at Zaragoza Air Base in the north east of Spain was host to the annual NATO Tiger Meet. The 2016 meet was attended by no less then 19 NATO Tiger Association (NTA) members and two visiting units. Touchdown Aviation was present on Friday 20th during the Media day organized by the base.

Off course the attending units are not participating just to party and fly around their fast jets however they like. Training value is a very high necessity these days as many military branches are involved in various operations around the world. Current conflicts around the globe ask for trained crew ready to deploy and perform their tasks as ordered by politics and command.

Therefore, each day during the Tiger Meet will see a “shadow wave” in the morning schedule allowing the participants to train individually or in small packages. A Combined Air Operations (COMAO) mission is normally flown in the afternoon involving the full array of air-to-air missions, Large Force Employments, Close Air Support (CAS), Convoy Protection, Non-Combatant Evacuation (NEO) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR).

Most scenario's flown are in essence a copy of those performed at earlier editions of the Tiger Meet. We have done some background reviews on the Tiger Meet and its objectives in 2009 (See: NATO Tiger Meet 2009 - the exercise), 2010 and 2011.
As traditions are kept in honour, this years Tiger Meet resulted in the following award winning units;

  • Silver Tiger Trophy: 31 Smaldeel (BEL)
  • Best Flying Unit: Flottille 11F (FRA)
  • Best Painted Tiger Aircraft: 221 Letka Bitevních Vrtulníku (CZE)
  • Best Looking Uniform: 21° Gruppo (ITA)
  • Tiger Games: 31 Smaldeel (BEL)
  • Best Skit: 338 Skvadron (NOR)

Although we were present to cover the exercise for only one day, we luckily got some nice opportunities to cover the various participants in the exercise. Touchdown would like to thank the Oficina de Relaciones Públicas and off course ALA 15 and the Zaragoza Airbase staff for allowing us up close to the action. Paco and Iván, thanks for the cooperation in making this happen! Un saludo!

. - . - Fliegerstaffel 11 - Swiss Air Force
 
EF2000 Typhoon - C.16-39/14-06 - Ala 14 - Spanish Air Force   EF2000 Typhoon - C.16-48/14-12 - Ala 14 - Spanish Air Force   EF2000 Typhoon - C.16-49/14-13 - Ala 14 - Spanish Air Force   EF2000 Typhoon - C.16-39/14-06 - Ala 14 - Spanish Air Force
 
AB212ICO - MM81161/9-61 - 9° Stormo - Italian Air Force   SA342M Gazelle - 4145/GBY - 3 RHC - French Army   Mi-17 Hip - 0839 - 221 Letka Bitevních Vrtulníků - Czech Air Force   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-77 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component
 
E-3 Sentry - LX-N90455 - NATO Early Warning & Control Force - NATO   F/A-18C Hornet - J-5011 - Fliegerstaffel 11 - Swiss Air Force   KC-130H Hercules - TK.10-11/31-53 - Ala 31 - Spanish Air Force   E-2C Hawkeye - 3 - 4 Flottille - French Navy
 
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F-16C Fighting Falcon - (92-0014) - 192 Filo - Turkish Air Force   F-16C Fighting Falcon - (92-0014) - 192 Filo - Turkish Air Force   F-16D Fighting Falcon - 91-0022 - 192 Filo - Turkish Air Force   F-16C Fighting Falcon - 89-0024 - 192 Filo - Turkish Air Force
 
F-16C Jastrzab - 4055 - 6. elt - Polish Air Force   F-16C Jastrzab - 4055 - 6. elt - Polish Air Force   F-16D Jastrzab - 4084 - 6. elt - Polish Air Force   F-16C Jastrzab - 4059 - 6. elt - Polish Air Force
 
Mirage 2000D - 627/30-JO - ECE 05.330 - French Air Force   Mirage 2000D - 627/30-JO - ECE 05.330 - French Air Force   Mirage 2000D - 642/30-IE - ECE 05.330 - French Air Force   Mirage 2000D - 675/3-JI - EC 02.003 - French Air Force
 
F-16C Fighting Falcon - (92-0014) - 192 Filo - Turkish Air Force
 
F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-77 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-77 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-56 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-114 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component
 
JAS 39C Gripen - 9236 - 211 Taktická Letka - Czech Air Force   JAS 39C Gripen - 9236 - 211 Taktická Letka - Czech Air Force   JAS 39C Gripen - 41 - 1 Vadászrepülö Repüloszázad - Hungarian Air Force   JAS 39C Gripen - 35 - 1 Vadászrepülö Repüloszázad - Hungarian Air Force
 
F-16AM Fighting Falcon - 664 - 338 Skvadron - Norwegian Air Force   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - 664 - 338 Skvadron - Norwegian Air Force   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - 692 - 338 Skvadron - Norwegian Air Force   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - 286 - 338 Skvadron - Norwegian Air Force
 
JAS 39 Gripen - . - 211 Taktická Letka - Czech Air Force
 
F/A-18A(M) Hornet - C.15-26/15-13 - Ala 15 - Spanish Air Force   EF-18A(M) - C.15-14/15-01 - Ala 15 - Spanish Air Force   F-16C Fighting Falcon - 013 - 335 Mira - Hellenic Air Force   F-16C Fighting Falcon - 005 - 335 Mira - Hellenic Air Force
 
Rafale M - 19 - 11 Flottille - French Navy   Rafale M - 19 - 11 Flottille - French Navy   Rafale M - 10 - 11 Flottille - French Navy   Rafale M - 44 - 11 Flottille - French Navy
 
F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB-20 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-102 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   EF2000 Typhoon - 30+12 - Jagdgeschwader 74 - German Air Force   EF2000 Typhoon - 30+11 - Jagdgeschwader 74 - German Air Force
 
E-2C Hawkeye - 2 - 4 Flottille - French Navy
 
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