Text: Philippe Decock - Pictures: Philippe Decock & Jacques Vincent
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Tiger Tails...(Jacques Vincentİ)
 

The 2018 edition of the NATO Tiger Meet was held in Poznan, Poland, home of the 6ELT (6 Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego) from Monday May 14th to Friday May 25th.

Participating units:
6 ELT Polish Air Force F-16C/D block 52 Poznan
1 JTS Austrian Air Force SAAB 105Öe Vogler
1 Sqn Hungarian Air Force SAAB JAS-39C/D Gripen Kecskemet
1 Sqn NATO E-3A Geilenkirchen
3 Sqn French Army SA-342M Gazelle Etain-Rouvres
11F French Navy Rafale M Landivisiau
11 Sqn Swiss Air Force F/A-18C/D Meiringen
XII Gruppo Italian Air Force EF-2000 Typhoon Gioia del Colle
21 Gruppo Italian Air Force AB-212ICO Grazzanise
31 Sqn Belgian Air Force F-16AM/BM Kleine Brogel
TLG51 German Air Force Tornado ECR & IDS Schleswig-Jagel
TLG74 German Air Force EF-2000 Neuburg
142 Sqn Spanish Air Force EF-2000 Typhoon Albacete
211 Sqn Czech Air Force JAS-39C/D Gripen Caslav
221 Sqn Czech Air Force Mi-24V Hind Namest
230 Sqn Royal Air Force Puma HC2 Benson
313 Sqn Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM/BM Volkel
335 Sqn Hellenic Air Force F-16C/D block 52+ Advanced Araxos
814 Sqn Royal Navy Merlin HM2 Culdrose

Observers:
1/30 French Air Force Mont-de-Marsan
3/30 French Air Force Mont-de-Marsan
192 Sqn Turkish Air Force F-16C/D block 50 Balikesir

Tiger Trophies:
Silver Tiger Trophy 313 Sqn RNLAF
Best Flying Unit 313 Sqn RNLAF
Best Looking Uniform 11F
Best Painted Tiger Aircraft TLG74
Tiger Games TLG74
Best Skit 1 JTS

History of Poznan-Krzesiny:
In 1941, Nazi Germany built an aircraft factory at Krzesiny along with an airfield to service it.
The factory, run by Focke-Wulf, was a target for Allied bombers in the course of the war.
On 22 January 1945 the airfield was captured by Red Army and taken over by the Soviet Air Force, which in turn passed it to the Polish military in 1954, which has used it since, hosting various units under changing designations.
The organisation as an air base was implemented on 31 December 2000 to conform with NATO practices, separating the air base from the units which are based there. On this date 3rd Fighter Regiment was split into 31st Air Base (31. Baza Lotnicza) and 3rd Tactical Squadron (3. Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego).
On 1 April 2008, 31st Air Base was again joined with 3rd Tactical Squadron and 6th Tactical Squadron to form a single unit named 31st Tactical Air Base.

History of 6 ELT:
The 6th Fighter Squadron's roots date back to the establishment of the Polish Air Force's 6th Attack Regiment on 12 October 1944, equipped with 30 IL-2M3 Sturmovik.
The 6th Attack Regiment's first combat tasking was to destroy a railway station in Bergsdorf, Germany, in support of the Battle of Berlin. The Polish pilots successfully destroyed seven railway carts and ten military vehicles. In all, the 6th Attack Regiment contributed to the Allied war effort with 134 total combat missions, credited with the destruction of 14 tanks, 175 vehicles, 19 railway cars, 15 field artillery pieces, 23 anti-aircraft artillery pieces, and six ammo stockpiles with no losses. Combat operations ceased on 3 May 1945.
In preparation for peacetime operations, the Polish Air Force enlarged the 6th Attack Regiment to four squadrons totaling 60 IL-2M3 aircraft.
In1947, the regiment relocated to Wroc
ław-Strachowice airfield.
In 1950, the 6th Attack Regiment transitioned to the IL-10 aircraft. In October 1952, the regiment once again changed its location to Pi
ła airfield, where it would call home for the next 45 years.
While based at Pi
ła, the regiment underwent several aircraft changes. Between 1955 and 1957, the Polish Air Force began replacing the IL-10 with Polish-manufactured MiG-15 and MiG-15 bis (Polish designations, LIM-1/LIM-2). With the added capabilities of these aircraft, the regiment changed from the 6th Attack Regiment to the 6th Fighter Attack Regiment. Continuing to upgrade its capabilities, the MiG-15s were replaced with Polish-manufactured MiG-17s (Polish designations LIM-5M and LIM-6 bis) during the 1960s.
In 1982, the 6th Fighter Attack Regiment was selected as the first Polish Air Force unit to fly the Sukhoi Su-22 Fitter. The fighter-bomber capabilities of the Fitter required modernization of Pi
ła airfield, including surface renovations of the runway and taxiways. The first 11 Fitter aircraft arrived at Piła in November 1984. The delivery process continued until 1985, by which the regiment totaled 40 Fitters divided among three squadrons.
The mascot of each squadron was a flying tiger, with the wing colors varying by squadron. The first squadron of the 6th Regiment painted its tigers wings in pink, second in black and third in blue. For the first time tiger mascot was painted on Fitter number 3005, which was the first Fitter delivered, and the last to leave the regiment.
The 6th Fighter-Bomber Regiment was deactivated in 1998 as part of the Polish Air Force's reorganization. The pilots and aircraft joined the Fitter crews of the 7th Fighter-Bomber Regiment at Powidz airfield. The Polish Air Force began to downsize in 2000 and deactivated the 7th regiment to form two tactical squadrons: the 6th and 7th Tactical Fighter Squadrons, both located at the newly designated 33rd Tactical Air Base at Powidz.
The majority of the former 6th regiment personnel became part of the 6th TFS and elected to return to its historical logo, the flying tiger. In 2005, one of the squadron two-seaters, Su-22UM3K number 707, received a unique tiger painting. This aircraft took part in displays and exercises all over Europe including MINI-TIGER MEET 2005 in Belgium, RIAT 2005 Fairford, and other major air shows.
In 2002, the Polish Air Force selected the Lockheed Martin Block 52+ as its new combat aircraft. Pilots and maintenance personnel selected to transition to the F-16 began training in the United States, while the remaining 6th TFS Su-22 personnel became part of the 7th TFS. The 6th TFS moved to Poznan-Krzesiny Air Base to receive the newly trained F-16 personnel.
Poznan-Kresiny Air Base officially became the 31st Tactical Air Base on 1 April 2008. F-16 pilots requested that previous 6th Attack Regiment squadron designations be used for the base. As such, the 3rd and 6th Fighter Squadrons are once again active within the Polish Air Force.
The 3rd FS is tasked with Poland's F-16 Basic Course training. The 6th FS is an operational combat squadron with a multi-role tasking.

 
Tiger Missions
 
 (Philippe Decockİ)
 1 Sqn  Hungarian Air Force  (Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 Flotille 11F  French Navy  (Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 XII Gruppo Italian Air Force
(Jacques Vincentİ)
(Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) TLG74  German Air Force 
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
 TLG51  German Air Force 
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
 (Philippe Decockİ) 31 Sqn Belgian Air Force
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Philippe Decockİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 313 Sqn Royal Netherlands Air Force 
(Jacques Vincentİ)
(Philippe Decockİ)
 (Philippe Decockİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Philippe Decockİ) 6 ELT Polish Air Force 
(Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 Eurocopter EC135 P2+ Polish Medical Air Rescue
(Philippe Decockİ)
Polish Air Force Mil-Mi 8T
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 335 Sqn Hellenic Air Force 
(Jacques Vincentİ)
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Philippe Decockİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) 211 Sqn Czech Air Force 
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
 142 Sqn Spanish Air Force 
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) 11 Sqn Swiss Air Force 
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 21 Gruppo Italian Air Force 
(Jacques Vincentİ)
230 Sqn Royal Air Force 
(Philippe Decockİ)
 3 Sqn French Army 
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Philippe Decockİ)
 Some more Tigers from 6 ELT Polish Air Force    (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Philippe Decockİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
 
 Tigers in action
(Courtesy 11F via NTAİ)
Typhoon above Poland...
(Courtesy U. Metternish via NTAİ)
(Courtesy U. Metternish via NTAİ) (Courtesy U. Metternish via NTAİ)
 Back to the Polish Tiger Den... (Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Philippe Decockİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Philippe Decockİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
 (Philippe Decockİ)
 
Tiger Support
 
 Boeing E-3A Sentry NATO  (Philippe Decockİ)
 Let L-410UVP-E20M Turbolet Czech Air Force
(Philippe Decockİ)
CASA C-295M Polish Air Foce
(Philippe Decockİ)
 PZL-Mielec M-28B/PT Bryza Polish Air Foce
(Jacques Vincentİ)
Bombardier Learjet 36A Gesellschaft für Flugzieldarstellung GmbH
(Philippe Decockİ)
 CASA C-295M Polish Air Foce
(Philippe Decockİ)
Antonov An-26 Hungarian Air Force
(Philippe Decockİ)
 
 
Some More Tiger...
 
 Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Fitter G   (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ)
 The Rafale M of the 11F remained very discreet during the event ... a shame not to have put more forward its beautiful decoration.  (Philippe Decockİ)
 
Tiger Airshow
 
 Aerospatiale SA-330A Puma HC Mk 2 from 230 Squadron RAF Benson
(Jacques Vincentİ)
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 Agusta - Bell AB-212ICO from 21 Gruppo Grazzanise
(Jacques Vincentİ)
50 years in the Nato Tiger Association...
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
Spanish Tiger Eyes
(Jacques Vincentİ)
TLG 51 team posing for the photographers
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) 211 Squadron Centenary
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 Antonov An-2 & Aero AT-3 R100 trio
(Jacques Vincentİ)
The Aero AT-3 is a two-seat, utility aircraft manufactured in Poland
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 Yakovlev Yak-3 U-PW - 003
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Philippe Decockİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 CAC CA-13 Boomerang
(Philippe Decockİ)
(Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 Let C-11 (Yak-11)  (Jacques Vincentİ)
 XtremeAir XA41
(Jacques Vincentİ)
(Jacques Vincentİ)
"Zelazny Aerobatic Team"  Zlin 50LS  (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 Austrian Air Force Saab 105OE  (Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)
 Czech Air Force Saab JAS-39C
(Jacques Vincentİ)
Note the dumping valve location...
(Philippe Decockİ)
 Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon  (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Philippe Decockİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Jacques Vincentİ)

 French Navy Rafale M display
(Jacques Vincentİ)
#1 (Jacques Vincentİ) - #2 (Philippe Decockİ)
 Czech Air Force Mil-Mi 35 Hind display  (Jacques Vincentİ)
 (Jacques Vincentİ) (Philippe Decockİ)
 
Next Tiger Meet will be held at Mont De Marsan (France) between May 13th and May 24th...  Tiger, Tiger, Tiger!

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