Tiger Meet

The history of the tiger meet goes back to July 19th 1961 when the first tiger meet was held at RAF Woodbridge.  At the first meet there were only three squadrons participating. They had one thing in common, a tiger in the squadron badge. The units were the 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron USAF, 74 Squadron RAF and EC1/12 of the French Air Force.

Year on year its reputation spread, the event grew and the rest, as they say, is history.

While in the early days the Tiger Meet was mainly a social get together for Tiger squadrons, things changed rapidly and tactical flying exercises were soon implemented into the Tiger Meet program.

On a typical Tiger Meet flying program you will find missions like: range firing, air-to-air, low level navigation and Composite Air Operations (COMAO) missions... all of them with briefings and debriefings. Due to the growing helicopter force within the Tigers they are integrated within the mission as Forward Air Controllers (FAC) or in a Combat Search & Rescue (CSAR) role. Beside their work within the COMAO's the helicopter force often practices with local army (special) forces.  

Until now the 31st Squadron was the host for 7 Tiger Meets : 1963 - 1970 - 1978 - 1985 - 1993 - 2001 - 2009

 

    
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1970

 

1978

 

1985

 

1993

 

2001

 

2009

 

 

 

 

 

these patches are made for collectors, they were never used by the unit

     

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