Text & Pictures : Jan de Clercq  -  © sbap 2020
 
Short history:
Belgium, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, UK and the USA signed in 1978 the AAFCE TLP at the German Air Force Base of Fürstenfeldbruck. The earlies TLP courses took the form of a 2 weeks seminar where aircrew discuss and formulate NATO tactics, techniques and procedures.
In September 1979 TLP moved to Jever Air Base in Northern Germany where the course length was extended to 4 weeks in order to include the flying phase. After 9 successfully year the TLP moved to Florennes Air Base in Belgium, where the staff, the tasks and area of responsibility was expanded. Two branches were added and aside from the flying course. By 2012, more than 7000 aircrew have participated in TLP flying courses.
As the NATO focus has shifted away from a potential conflict in central Europe, TLP needed a training area that is representative of the theaters of potential future conflicts. With the dawn of the new century, TLP member nations then started investigating new and more favorable locations for TLP to cope with the challenge of growing air traffic congestion in Central Europe. The TLP choice was ALBACETE Air Base in South East Spain, blessed with some of Europe's most favorable meteorological conditions and a large airspace structure. Equipped with modern infrastructure, including a purpose-built 500 bed accommodation lodge, full dining and recreation facilities, a modern aircraft repair hangar and logistic storage facilities.
In the summer of 2009 a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which positioned TLP outside of the NATO structure and was signed by the 10 participating nations (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States of America).
During this time TLP moved into Spain's sunny region of Castilla la Mancha to the regional capital of ALBACETE, a city of 175,000 inhabitants. TLP in Albacete has excellent growth potential and is prepared to host this European training center of excellence for decades to come.
Supported by the governments of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States of America, Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) prepares NATO allied coalition forces for worldwide tactical air operations.

Albacete-LOS LIanos Air Base (LEAB)
Albacete Airport is situated in the east of Madrid, at an altitude of 700m above sea level in the area LOS LIanos. The origins date of the airport goes back to early 1913, however, due to budget restrains was not finished. During the Spanish Civil War, the airbase was used by the military rebels and from the end of July by the Republicans. After WW II the Spanish government acquire to increase the runway to 2700m

 
 On the way to Albacete: 
INTA Casa 212-200 D.3B-7 preserved at INTA's headquarters (Torrejon)
T.12B-56/12-56 CASA 212-100  preserved at Perales del Rio
 Albacete gate guard : Dassault Mirage F1EDA (14-55)
 
 Aerial view of Albacete Air Base home op the Tactical Leadership Program
(Courtesy Spanish Air For vie Web)
 
   
TLP2020-1: 10 February till 28 February 2020
(The pictures of the present report is a mix of 3 shooting days)
 
TLP mission: 19/02/2020 * Take off wave: 15h40 - 16h05 * Landing Wave: 17h10 - 17h55)
 
AEW aircraft
Learjet D-CGFF

Italian Air Force
F2000 AMI MM7291/4-11
F2000 AMI MM7303/4-2

French Air Force
Rafale C FAF 112/30-IQ
Rafale C FAF 123/30-GB
Rafale C FAF 125/30-GD
Rafale C FAF 142/30-GU
Rafale B FAF 321/4-HQ
Rafale B FAF 334/4-II
Rafale B FAF 337/4-IL
Rafale B FAF 338/4-IO
Mirage 2000B FAF 523/115-KJ
Mirage 2000B FAF 529/115-OC
Hellenic Air Force
F-16C HAF 519
F-16C HAF 521
F-16C HAF 526
F-16C HAF 527
F-16C HAF 529
F-16C HAF 537

Spanish Air Force
EF-18M SpAF C.15-21/15-08
EF-18M SpAF C.15-64/15-34
EF-18M SpAF C.15-46/12-04
EF-18M SpAF C.15-68/12-26

German Air Force:
EF2000 GAF 30+93
EF2000 GAF 31+06
EF2000 GAF 31+08
 Spanish Air Force EF-18M C.15-46 / 12-04 (Torrejón AB) A pair of Spanish Air Force "Hornet"
 French Air Force Mirage 2000B N° 529 / 115-OC (Orange AB) Nose close up on the 11-OC
French Air Force Mirage 2000B N° 523 / 115-KJ (Orange AB) Ready for take off
 French Air Force Rafale B N° 321 / 4-HQ (Saint Dizier AB)  French Air Force Rafale B N° 334 / 4-II (Saint Dizier AB)
 In the jet wash French Air Force Rafale B N° 337 / 4-IL (Saint Dizier AB)
French Air Force Rafale B N° 338 / 4-IO (Saint Dizier AB)
 French Air Force Rafale C N° 123 / 30-GB (Mont de Marsan AB) Alignment on the runway
French Air Force Rafale C N° 142 / 30-GU (Mont de Marsan AB) French Air Force Rafale C N° 112 / 30-IQ (Mont de Marsan AB)
A two seater pair on taxi Face to face with the Rafale
French Air Force Rafale C N° 125 / 30-GD (Mont de Marsan AB) French Air Force Rafale C N° 112 / 30-IQ (Mont de Marsan AB)
Heat distortion Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 N° 521 (Chania AB)
Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 N° 537 (Chania AB)
Nose clos up Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 (Chania AB)
Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 (Chania AB) Serious paint work for our modelers readers...
Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 from 340 Mira & 343 MIRA
Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 N° 519 (Chania AB) In the heat of Albacete
Italian Air Force Eurofighter F2000 MM7303 / 4-2 (Grosseto AB) Nose close up of the 4-2
Italian Air Force Eurofighter F2000 pair clear to align on the runway
Only 2 Italian fighter present on this TLP session  Italian Air Force Eurofighter F2000 MM7291 / 4-11 (Grosseto AB)
 
 
Hornet break  Gear and flaps down
Interesting view of the Hornet belly
 Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-44 / 14-09 (Albacete AB) Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-44 / 14-09 (Albacete AB)
Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-44 / 14-09 (Albacete AB) Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-44 / 14-09 (Albacete AB)
Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 14-21 & 14-22 (Albacete AB) Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-62 / 14-09 (Albacete AB)
Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-64 / 14-22 (Albacete AB) Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-64 / 14-22 (Albacete AB)
Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-65 / 14-23 (Albacete AB) Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-65 / 14-23 (Albacete AB)
Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-65 / 14-23 (Albacete AB) Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-72 / 14-30 (Albacete AB)
 Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 14-31 & 14-32 (Albacete AB) Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-73 / 14-31 (Albacete AB)
Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-74 / 14-32 (Albacete AB) Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-74 / 14-32 (Albacete AB)
Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-75 / 14-33 (Albacete AB) Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-76 / 14-34 (Albacete AB)
Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000 C.16-44 / 14-34 (Albacete AB) Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000T C.16-12 / 14-71 (Albacete AB)
Spanish Air Force Eurofighter EF2000T C.16-12 / 14-71 (Albacete AB)
The 14-71 in BW Pilot office close up
 Spanish Air Force EF-18M C.15-46 / 12-04 (Torrejón AB)
Spanish Air Force EF-18M C.15-46 / 12-04 (Torrejón AB) Spanish Air Force EF-18M C.15-68 / 12-26 (Torrejón AB)
Spanish Air Force EF-18M C.15-68 / 12-26 (Torrejón AB) close up Spanish Air Force EF-18M C.15-64 / 15-34 (Zaragoza AB)
Spanish Air Force EF-18M C.15-64 / 15-34 (Zaragoza AB)
French Air Force Mirage 2000B N° 523 / 115-KJ (Orange AB) Big brother is watching you...
French Air Force Mirage 2000B N° 523 / 115-KJ (Orange AB)
French Air Force Mirage 2000B N° 529 / 115-OC (Orange AB) Pilot office half full...
French Air Force Mirage 2000B N° 529 / 115-OC (Orange AB)
French Air Force Rafale B N° 337 / 4-IL (Saint Dizier AB) French Air Force Rafale B N° 337 / 4-IL (Saint Dizier AB)
French Air Force Rafale C N° 142 / 30-GU (Mont de Marsan AB) French Air Force Rafale C N° 142 / 30-GU (Mont de Marsan AB)
 French Air Force Rafale B N° 334 / 4-II (Saint Dizier AB)
A pair at tactical break  French Air Force Rafale B N° 338 / 4-IO (Saint Dizier AB)
French Air Force Rafale B N° 338 / 4-IO (Saint Dizier AB)
French Air Force Rafale B N° 338 / 4-IO (Saint Dizier AB) French Air Force Rafale B N° 321 / 4-HQ (Saint Dizier AB)
French Air Force Rafale B N° 321 / 4-HQ (Saint Dizier AB)
 French Air Force Rafale C N° 123 / 30-GB (Mont de Marsan AB)  French Air Force Rafale C N° 123 / 30-GB (Mont de Marsan AB)
 French Air Force Rafale C N° 125 / 30-GD (Mont de Marsan AB)  French Air Force Rafale C N° 125 / 30-GD (Mont de Marsan AB)
 French Air Force Rafale C N° 112 / 30-IQ (Mont de Marsan AB) note the red star on the "NeuNeu" pilot hemet (Normandie - Niemen)
 Luftwaffe Eurofighter EF2000 GS072 / 30+93 (Neuburg AB)  Luftwaffe Eurofighter EF2000 GS072 / 30+93 (Neuburg AB)
 Luftwaffe Eurofighter EF2000 GS072 / 30+93 (Neuburg AB)
Luftwaffe Eurofighter EF2000 GS082 / 31+06 (Wittmundhafen AB) Luftwaffe Eurofighter EF2000 GS082 / 31+06 (Wittmundhafen AB)
Luftwaffe Eurofighter EF2000 GS084 / 31+06 (Wittmundhafen AB) Luftwaffe Eurofighter EF2000 GS084 / 31+06 (Wittmundhafen AB)
 Luftwaffe Eurofighter EF2000 GS072 / 30+93 (Neuburg AB)  Luftwaffe Eurofighter EF2000 GS072 / 30+93 (Neuburg AB)
Italian Air Force Eurofighter F2000 MM7303 / 4-2 (Grosseto AB)
Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 N° 527 (Chania AB) Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 (Chania AB)
Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 N° 529 (Chania AB) Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 N° 519 (Chania AB)
Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 N° 519 (Chania AB)
Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 N° 526 (Chania AB) Pilot on duty 
Hellenic Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16C-52 N° 526 (Chania AB)
 
 
 Cessna Citation CJ3+ (D-CHIP) from E-Aviation Germany Bombardier Learjet 36A (D-CGFF) from GFD GmBH
 French Air Force Lockheed C-130J-30 N° 5836 / 61-PO (Orléans AB)
Hellenic Air Force Lockheed C-130H 741 (Elefsis AB)
  Italian Air Force Lockheed C-130J-30 MM62196 / 46-62 (Pisa/San Giusto AB)
 Big one in black and white...
Royal Air Force Airbus Military A400M Atlas C1 058 / ZM416 (Brize Norton AB)
Spanish Air Force Airbus Military A400M TK.23-07 / 31-27 (Zaragoza AB)
Spanish Air Force Airbus A310-304 T.22-2 / 45-51 (Torrejón AB)
Spanish Air Force Casa C295M  T.21-02 / 35-40 (Getafe AB)
Spanish Air Force Cessna 560 Citation V  TR.20-03 / 403-21 (Getafe AB)
 Spanish Air Force NH-90TTH HT.29-14 / ET-814 Cessna 172M Skyhawk (EC-HGF) from Aeromax Flying Academy Spain
 Spanish Air Force Bombardier CL-415 UD.14-02 / 43-32 (Torrejón AB)
 Spanish Air Force Bombardier CL-415 UD.14-02 / 43-32 (Torrejón AB)
 A last view of an elegant and useful airplane to conclude the Albacete report ...
 

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