This year Nato Tiger Meet exercise was held at Schleswig-Jagel in Northern Germany. The base was founded in 1916 and during the Second World War it was used by the German Air Force flying the Messerschmitt Me 262. Today the base is home to Aufklärungsgeschwader 51 “Immelmann” flying the Tornado ECR.
Nato Tiger Meet 2014, Jagel AFB, Germany
Since 1962 participating units have flown combined missions and experience training in air combat, low flying, use of weapon ranges and air to air refuelling.
The 50th Tiger Meet, the aims of the exercise are; to improve the solidarity between NATO members, create and maintain team-spirit and camaraderie between the participating members, and to exchange experiences and cooperate to fulfil NATO objectives.
GFD (CIVIL): Learjet (1x)
KHR 36/1 (HEER): EC665 Tiger (1x)
Tiger Meet is an exercise where multi-national pilots, weapons operators and ground teams can learn and train together in a realistic war-time environment. It's not all hard work though. Squadrons get the opportunity to be cavalier with the paint and brush, decorating the aircraft in stunning tiger schemes.
11 Countries participated at this year's event including:
TaktLwG 51 'I' (GAF): Tornado ECR (4x)
31 smd (BAF): F-16A/B MLU Fighting Falcon (5x)
59/1 Sqn (HuAF): JAS-39C/D Gripen (5x)
211 TL (CzAF): JAS-39C/D Gripen (4x)
6 ELT (PolAF): F-16C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon (6x)
313 sqn (RNlAF): F-16A/B MLU Fighting Falcon (5x)
192 Filo (TuAF): F-16C/D Block 50 Fighting Falcon (5x)
EC 1/7 (FAF): Rafale C (3x)
ECE 5/330 (FAF): Mirage 2000-5 (3x)
Staffel 11 (ChAF): F/A-18C/D Hornet (5x)
TaktLwG 74 (GAF): F2000 Typhoon (6x)
11F (FN): E Rafale M (4x)
1 JTS (AAF): Saab 105Öe (4x)
1 AEW&CS (NATO): E-3A Sentry (2x)
814 NAS (RN): Merlin HM.1 (2x)
221 LtBVr (CzAF): Mi-24 Hind (2x)
221 LtBVr (CzAF): Mi-17 Hip (1x)
Tiger Games: Escadron de Chasse 1/7 'Provence' (FRA)
Silver Tiger Trophy: Fliegerstaffel 11 (CHE)
Best Skit: 59/1 'Puma' Squadron (HUN)
Best Painted Tiger Aircraft: Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 74 (DEU)
Best Looking Uniform: Fliegerstaffel 11 (CHE)
Best Flying Unit: 6 Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego (POL)
Reference: Nato Tigers Association