A Flotille 4F E-2C Early Warning, Command and
Control aircraft that took part in the first week’s
exercises was adorned with an attractive depiction of a tiger and a Spartan soldier on the outer
surface of the right tail. Regrettably, this aircraft
had to be changed for another in the standard
grey coloring after the first week due to technical reasons.
but they themselves wear overalls in
black and white striping. These are not
just normal tigers, they are Tigers Bianchi, i.e., White Tigers.
F-18s failed to dazzle this year, really. There were Hornets from two
users. Staffel 11 came from Switzerland, and these carried some relevant
accessories on their drop tanks. Spaniards came from ALA 15 carrying theme
painted drop tanks on three of the six
aircraft committed to the event, one of
which did have attractively painted outboard surfaces of the vertical tails.
Details of the right side of the fin of an Italian Typhoon.
The 351st Sqn. was originally a component unit of the
21°Gruppo, equipped with the F-104S and the Tornado F.3.
After the 21°Gruppo was disbanded and re-equipped
with AB-212 helicopters, the 351st was incorporated into 12°Gruppo newly equipped with the
modern Typhoon. And with that, this unit
became a full-fledged member of the
NTA (NATO Tiger Association)
Over the weekend, all the Tiger Meet
aircraft were on static display at a mini
air show, so all visitors had an opportunity to have a good, closeup look at
them. Added to this was a Portuguese
F-16B from Escuadra 301 with panther
tanks and a German EF-2000 Taifun
from TaktLwG 74. Even it had a tiger
painted on the vertical tail, even though it had been seen previously. The
Sunday show was a small affair. It was
composed of just six performances:
Greek T-6A Texan IIs, F-16 and Spitfire, a French Rafale and a Czech Mi-24
plus an F-16 with which new Belgian
display pilot showed off his stuff during
his premiere. The static display was livened up with the addition of an ever
increasingly difficult aircraft to see, the
F-4E Phantom II. This drew the attention of modelers, among other things, for
its banged-up drop tank.
Detail of the vertical tails of a Spanish
EF-18M depicting a night hunting tiger, also
used to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the formation of the 15th ALA (a Wing
composed of two squadrons), which was
established in 1986.