French Defence cuts hit the Tiger Community with the announced closure of the home base of one of it’s founding members, BA 103 Cambrai, home of EC 01/012 is to bring to a close all flying activities in 2012.

Swiss 11 Staffel lead by their CO Major Daniel “Stampa” Staempfli was awarded the Silver Tiger during the end of NATO TIGER MEET 2008.
It is the second time that the Staffel wins the Silver Tiger.

Tourists visiting the Mont Sint-Michel might have looked surprised when they saw our Tiger formation passing by.
It seems to become a tradition since last year. Also this year the Tigers made some time to do formation flying with all special painted aircraft. This was done on Wednesday morning, June 25th.

In the early days of exercise Ocean Tiger Ala 15 was granted full membership of NTA.
After their first participation during the NATO Tiger Meet at Albacete the squadron immediately asked to become a probationary member of NTA.

Tigger in a Saab 105Oë cockpit

During the NATO Tiger Meet at Landivisiau a very small crew member is spotted flying along with several types of aircraft.
Tigger, the little mascot of the 31 squadron crew chiefs has travelled all over the world. Nevertheless he got home back in time to accompany the 31 squadron detachment to exercise Ocean Tiger.

With 6 pilots and only 2 technicians, the Austrian JTTR squadron is the smallest crew attending Ocean Tiger.
The Austrian JTTR squadron has been visiting the NATO Tiger Meet as observers several times in the past years.
Because of their regular participation they were at some point offered an honorary membership.

21° Gruppo

The host of this years Tiger Meet painted no less than 2 SEM's in superb Tiger markings. However they were not alone!
Most other squadrons also brought superbly marked aircraft to exercise Ocean Tiger. Along them a superbly painted Rafale from EC. 05.330 and a Mirage 2000 from EC. 01.012.

Since most European air bases are closed during the weekend, many Tiger Squadrons already departed to BAN Landivisiau on Friday.

BAF F-16 Technicians replace a dummy Sidewinder A2A Missile

Many pilots and aircraft do attend the Tiger Meet each year. However, an even bigger group of crew chiefs, technical specialist and OPS assistants are making sure the pilots can do their job.
Modern day aircraft are full of sophisticated technology. As a result they become more and more complex to maintain.

2 Specially painted Flottille 11F SEM's in formation take-off

Monday 23rd of June the first mission of the NATO Tiger Meet was flown in the afternoon.
The first take-off was performed by 2 superbly painted SEM's from Flottille 11F.
After the morning briefings explaining the guidelines of exercise Ocean Tiger the first missions were flown.

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