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User currently offlineWingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 850 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1303 times:

What is the purpose of a 'Tigermeet'? I often see pictures and read about aircraft 'for the tigermeet', what exactly is a tigermeet?
Presently my understanding is this, a bunch of military fighters get some tiger-themed paint jobs, and have some sort of air show? Can anyone enlighten me further? I just got thinking about it when I read the caption for this pic...

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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7957 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

Google is your friend.

http://www.natotigers.org/



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User currently offlineWingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 850 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1298 times:

ORIGIN

Following the wishes of M.Pierre Messner, the then French defense minister, the Association of Tiger Squadrons was established in 1959 to improve relationships between individual squadrons within NATO.

The USAFE (United States Air Force Europe) 79th TFS (Tactical Fighter Squadron) took the initiative and on 19 July 1961 they invited No.74 Squadron Royal Air Force and EC 1/12 Squadron of the French Armée de l`air to Woodbridge in England.

Each of these squadrons had a Tigers' head in their squadron crest. The tiger stands as a symbol of strength, speed and hunting prowess.Due to the succes of the first 'meet' it was decided that future 'meets' would be held annually....

At the second Tigermeet at Woodbridge the following aims were formulated. These aims remain valid to this day:

> Improvement of solidarity between NATO members > The creation and maintenance of team-spirit and camaraderie between the participating members
>The exchange of experiences and cooperation in line with the military goals of NATO

All makes sense now, cheers NoUFO!



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12148 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

When the 509th Bomb Wing (M), SAC was at Pease AFB, NH, flying FB-111As (later redesignated F-111Gs), the 393rd BS use to go just about every year.

User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 913 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1102 times:

I always like seeing fighters in Tiger Meet colors, esp the Canadian CF-18s.

User currently offlineAFHokie From United States of America, joined May 2004, 224 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1061 times:

There is the NATO Tigermeet and then there's also the Tigermeet of the America's. Essentially the same thing, just limited to those in the Western Hemisphere. Like the weblink that NoUFO posted, it's a chance for units flying different types of aircraft, and from other nations a chance to foster goodwill and to an extent learn how each other operates. The focus of the meet is to fly (most nations governments/service branches wouldn't allow them to go if it was nothing than one big party) but that said, the social aspect of the meet is just as important.

The last American Tigermeet was held at Mt Home, hosted by the 391st the Bold Tigers. I don't know all who attended, but the 79th here at Shaw was in attendance. I don't have any pics of the SQ/CC's tail, but it was pretty tame (no pun intended) compaired to some of the other paint schemes I've seen in the past.


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12148 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1049 times:

To bad today's 509th Bomb Wing, 393rd BS cannot paint one of the B-2As with tiger stripes.

User currently offlineNightHawk117 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1041 times:

Quoting AFHokie (Reply 5):
There is the NATO Tigermeet and then there's also the Tigermeet of the America's. Essentially the same thing, just limited to those in the Western Hemisphere. Like the weblink that NoUFO posted, it's a chance for units flying different types of aircraft, and from other nations a chance to foster goodwill and to an extent learn how each other operates. The focus of the meet is to fly (most nations governments/service branches wouldn't allow them to go if it was nothing than one big party) but that said, the social aspect of the meet is just as important.

I was at Mountain Home AFB for the '05 TMOTA and it was a wonderful event. Good training and a festive party-like atmosphere during that time. It's something I would look forward to participating in again!

Quoting AFHokie (Reply 5):
The last American Tigermeet was held at Mt Home, hosted by the 391st the Bold Tigers. I don't know all who attended, but the 79th here at Shaw was in attendance. I don't have any pics of the SQ/CC's tail, but it was pretty tame (no pun intended) compaired to some of the other paint schemes I've seen in the past.

I found some photos from the '05 TMOTA, including the 79th FS F-16 Here



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