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Tigermeets

Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:34 am

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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RE: Tigermeets

Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:56 am

Google is your friend.

http://www.natotigers.org/
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RE: Tigermeets

Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:59 am

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

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RE: Tigermeets

Sat Apr 08, 2006 7:54 pm

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.
 
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RE: Tigermeets

Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:16 pm

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

Tue Apr 11, 2006 6:41 am

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.
 
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RE: Tigermeets

Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:46 am

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

Tue Apr 11, 2006 12:29 pm

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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