Tiger Squadrons (Osprey Colour Series)
Osprey Publishing | 1991 | ISBN: 1855321467 | English | 128 pages | PDF | 7.46 MB
Osprey Colour Series
From the Introduction: It all started back in 1961, when three NATO fighter squadrons assembled at RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk and hosted what became known as Tiger Meet`. The year before, aircrew of the 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, US Air Force at Woodbridge suggested the idea of creating an informal fraternity of NATO fighter units which had tigers as part of their official badges. The 79th TFS already enjoyed a close association with No 74 Sqn of the Royal Air force at nearby RAF Coltishall, and links were quickly established with Escadre de Chasse 1/12 of L`Armée de L`Air based at Cambrai.
The main objectives of the Tiger Meet were to encourage professional relationships between NATO Squadrons and foster solidarity within the air forces of the alliance. Thirty years on, NATO is still very much in business; all of the original tiger squadrons remain operational, their number swollen by many new units, including some from outside Europe. Whenever possible tiger squadrons come together as a team, discuss their varied operational roles and continue the spirit of friendship.