2018 Event Review

NATO TIGER MEET - May 14-25, 2018

Location: Krzesiny Air Base near Poznan, Poland
Admission: Spotter day: 30 EUR, Poznan Air Show: 40EUR
Combined Spotter day and Poznan Air Show ticket: 60 EUR
Parking: 60 Zloty at air show
Value: Just OK this year
Rating out of 10: not an air show, we did not review the air show, just noted it
 
Luke Days airshow 2018

 

The International NATO Tiger Meet 2018 (NTM18) began on May 14 and will run until May 25 at the Polish Air Force 2nd Tactical Air Wing at 31st Krzesiny Air Base near Poznan, Poland. The 31st Air Base is the largest military airfield of the Polish Air Force and it is the home of the 3rd Tactical Squadron and 6th Tactical Squadron both equipped with F-16C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon.

Unfortunately, the French Air Force's Tigers did not attend only the French Navy did, the Turkish Air Force Tiger squadrons did not attend the event. The MiG-29 fighter aircraft of the neighboring Slovakian 1st fighter squadron (1. taktická letka) did not even made it to Poland either..


Tiger Meet had two missions  per day  between 10 am and 3 pm and 6 pm. Almost every squadron attending had a specially painted aircraft for the meeting. The aircraft flew with practice armaments and with one or two drop tanks. The GFD Ltd. Learjet's  flew with their targeting equipment to simulate the enemy.

 

Twenty-two flying squadrons from Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom and Partners Austria and Switzerland as well as a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) plane – in total approx. 70 aircraft and ten helicopters took part in this largest air training event of the Polish Air Force in 2018.
The home 6th Squadron  had planned a spotter day for  Friday, May 18th. During the day, aviation enthusiasts and photographers could take photos of dozens of aircraft taking off and landings  many of them, as usual, had amazing tiger schemes.
The spotters were placed facing into the sun across from the control tower, and they were not happy about this. In fact between the waves of flight they moved to end of the runway which provided a better location. 
There were two waves of flight, the first wave was started by the Hungarian 59/1 Puma squadron. During the break between the two waves, we could see the C-295  transport aircraft of the Polish along with the L-410UVP of the Czech the  AN-26 of the Hungarian Air Forces. 
Better organization could have improved the experience for the spotters/photographers who paid extra fees for better access. Not too mention accreditation for many Western European correspondence was a disaster and many did not attended. Over all it was quite poor as Tiger Meets go! The next NTM will be in France at Mont de Marsan.

Those who missed out on the Spotter day and on the NATO Tiger Meet had a chance to see many of the aircraft flying at International Air Show on Poznan on Saturday and Sunday

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An International Airshow was scheduled at Poznań-Ławica Henryk Wieniawski Airport, approximately 20 km from the 31st Air Base. All the specially painted  Tiger aircraft will present themselves to the public in a special flyby over Ławica. According to the organizers, more than 10 hours of events with dozens of aircraft participating were planned. 
Several members of the Polish Air Club flew during the Air Show. The Polish Air Force F-16 Tiger and the MIG-29 demo also flew. A dynamic demonstration  by the Czech MiG-15UTI and Polish TS-11 Iskra were seen by the public. Preodactyl Aviation performed a First World War dogfight
Among the veteran WWII fighter aircraft the British Supermarine Spitfire XVI and an Australian Boomerang flew.

NATO Participants:

6 ELT (PolAF) - F-16C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon (6x)
313 sqn (RNlAF) - F-16A/B MLU Fighting Falcon (5x)
XII Gruppo (ItAF) - EF2000 Typhoon (4x)
142 Esc (SpAF) - EF2000 Typhoon (5x)
TaktLwG 74 (GAF) - EF2000 Typhoon (4x)
TaktLwG 51 'I' (GAF) - Tornado ECR & IDS (4x)
11F (FN) - Rafale M (5x)
31 smd (BAF) - F-16A/B MLU Fighting Falcon (6x)
59/1 Sqn (HuAF) - JAS-39C/D Gripen (5x)
211 TL (CzAF) - JAS-39C/D Gripen (4x)
Staffel 11 (ChAF) - F/A-18C/D Hornet (7x)
335 Mira (HAF) - F-16C/D Block 52+ Fighting Falcon (4x)
1 JTS (AAF) - Saab 105Öe (3x)
1 AEW&CS (NATO) - E-3A Sentry (1x) - Flying from Poznan, Lawica
EHRA 3 (ALAT) - SA 342 M Gazelle (3x)
814 NAS (RN) - Merlin HM. MK2 (1x)
221 LtBVr (CzAF) - Mi-24 Hind (2x)
230 Sqn (RAF) - Puma HC Mk2 (2x)
21° Gruppo (ItAF) - AB-212ICO (2x)


Report and photography by István Kelecsényi for The Aviation Magazine

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