In its relatively brief history the NATO Tiger Association has spawned a considerable number of interesting and colourful institutions or associations, primarily to help in the promotion of interoperability, co-operation and morale amongst like minded aviators. For many involved in military aviation few of these institutions can compete with the NATO Tiger Association in demonstrating the capability and character of those unique individuals who defend their nation’s skies.
Since those early days the NATO Tiger Association has steadily grown in international esteem and the Tiger Meet has become a firmly established annual event which is famous amongst members of the Association, NATO, and military aviation enthusiasts around the world. Since the very first Tiger Meet, the main objectives of the NATO Tiger Association have been to promote co-operation between the air forces, create a better understanding of NATO military objectives, and to develop unit interoperability. The maintenance of strong personal ties between the members of each Tiger Squadron are equally important.
Today the NTA is as strong as ever. Our recent Meets have generally integrated an average of 15 squadrons flying some 300+ sorties with 50+ aircraft, around 250 aircrew and 400 ground crew. The dedication of all the members is not in doubt as evidenced by a particular meets non-participants mostly citing operational conflicts as the reason for not attending. Today’s Air Arms of all nations are committed to a much higher level of real world operations than 20-50 years ago. Multinational peacekeeping missions, combat deployments, and world-wide training detachments, coupled with the ever-present pressure on military budgets and personnel, have not reduced the need for joint training. The annual Tiger Meet has proven itself, and is now firmly recognized, as an outstanding and cost-effective solution to fill this need.
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