Volkel : Tiger Tiger Tiger !

Text : Serge Van Heertum & Pictures : Serge Van Heertum & Eddy Devroey - SBAP

 

The traditional and well known NATO tigermeet was held between October 4th and October 15th at Volkel Air Base Netherland.

 

 

Missions :

The morning missions provided the pilots to get familiar with the training area, and get some smaller scale training. While in the afternoon the missions were focused on large COMAO exercises.
Tiger Meets are the Associations reason for being. While in the early days the Tiger Meet was mainly a social get together from Tiger squadrons things changed rapidly and tactical flying exercises were soon implemented into the Tiger Meet program to become a major exercise in the NATO structures.
The typical Tiger Meet missions are  range firing, air-to-air, low level navigation and COMAO missions. All flights begin with a briefing and finish with a debriefing of the mission to analyse what happened during the mission and underline the positive or negative aspects. Due to the growing helicopter forces within the Tiger association they are integrated within the mission as Forward Air Controllers or in a CSAR role. Besides their work within the COMAO's the helicopter forces often practices with local army (special) forces.
The last four NATO Tigermeets were even incorporated into larger scale exercises like AIRNORTH's Clean Hunter 01 and Daring Eagle 02.
During a Tigermeet more than 500 sorties are flown by the Tigers. No need to say that people involved in mission planning and aircraft maintenance also have a busy working schedule.
So what's the program of a typical eight day NATO Tiger Meet?
Well it all starts  with the arrival of the participants and the opening ceremony were all flags are raised up to the last day. From then on the operations start. In the morning most participants fly local missions among each other, while in the afternoon the COMAO's are flown against 'red forces' which are in most cases units from the host country acting like 'enemy forces'. No need to say that all these missions are carefully planned, briefed, executed and debriefed. This schedule is followed for most of the flying days.
By the end of the operational week it is time for some social activities between all participating units. It is during these days that the well known Tiger Games are executed. Tiger Games are mainly a mix of fun and sports.
The Tiger Meet is always closed by lowering the flags.
After the official ceremony the traditional farewell party is started and various awards are handed out to the different winners. The most important is of course the Silver Tiger Trophy!
During the two weeks held at Volkel, 644 missions where accomplished on the total of 715 planned.

Awards :

BEST FLYING: 338 Squadron - Norvegian Air Force
BEST PAINTED JET: 192 Filo - Turk
ish Air Force
BEST TIGER DRESS: 21° Gruppo -
Aeronautica Militare Italiana
BEST TIGER SKIT:
Tigerstaffel -  Austrian Air Force
BEST TIGER GAMES: 221 Squadron - Czech Air Force

SILVER TIGER TROPHY 2010: 211 Squadron - Czech Air Force

Once again this prestigious exercise  meeting is over, but next year the 2011 edition that will be held for the last time at Cambrai Air Base before the closure of this French base, will underline the 50 years of the tigermeet created in 1961 also at Cambrai. Let's hope that this special anniversary will bring many tiger jets and their special decoration...Wait and see !

 

Royal Netherland Air Force "Koninklijke Luchtmacht   313 Squadron   F-16AM & F-16BM
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
French Air Force "Armée de l'Air"   EC 01/012   Mirage 2000RDI
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Eddy Devroey) "Leased" from EC 05/330 with a special logo : ADA Location d'avions
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
Belgian Air Force "Belgian Air Component"   31 Squadron   F-16AM & F-16BM
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
German Air Force "Luftwaffe"   AG51   Tornado IDS
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Eddy Devroey)
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Eddy Devroey)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Eddy Devroey)
   
French Air Force "Armée de l'Air"   EC 05/330   Mirage 2000D
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Czech Air Force "Vzdušné síly armády České republiky"   211 Squadron   JAS39C & JAS39D Gripen
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Eddy Devroey)
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Eddy Devroey)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Eddy Devroey)
   
Norvegian Air Force "Luftforsvaret"   338 Squadron   F-16AM & F-16BM
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Turkish Air Force "Türk Hava Kuvvetleri"   192 Filo   F-16C & F-16D
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Eddy Devroey)
   
Italian Air Force "Aeronautica Militare Italiana"   21 Gruppo   Agusta-Bell AB212 ICO
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Eddy Devroey)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Czech Air Force "Vzdušné síly armády České republiky"   221 Squadron   Mil-Mi 35
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Eddy Devroey)
   
Hungarian Air Force "Magyar Légierö"   59/1 Puma Squadron   JAS39C & JAS39D Gripen
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
German Air Force "Luftwaffe"   JaboG 321   Tornado ECR
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Eddy Devroey)
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Eddy Devroey)
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Austrian Air Force "Östereichische Luftstreitkräfte"  Tigerstaffel   Saab 105Ö
   
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Eddy Devroey)
   
Other participant and visitors
   
Cobham Aviation Falcon 20 (Serge Van Heertum) Beech 1900D Swiss Air Force (Eddy Devroey)
   
AH-64D Apache  KLU 301 Squadron (Eddy Devroey) Eurocopter EC-135 T-2 Medic Assistance (Serge Van Heertum)
   
The enemies of the tiger : birds... (Serge Van Heertum)

 

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