NATO Tiger Meet 2016 - Jörgen Nilsson Photography


NATO Tiger Meet 2016

Location: AB Zaragozae, Spain

Closest City/town: Zaragoza, Spain

Spotters tickets: Yes, a Spotters Day is arrangedat each NTM


The 2016 NATO Tiget Meet was held in Spain, at AB Zaragoza, the home of Ala 15 of the Spanish Air Force. The NATO Tiger Meet (NTM) is kind of a "Traveling Circus" in the sense that it's a NATO Air Force exercise that move around and is hosted by a different country each year. Though it is a serious military exercise, it's also a bit of a show, where the participating Air Forces compete in being the most Tiger.

This competition results in colourful painting schemes of air planes and uniform accessories and trust me when I say, some Air Forces take this competition seriously and they tend to go "all in".

So what can I expect to see at a NTM?

This is not an Air Show, it's an Air Force exercise so what you will see are take-offs and landing and some fly-bys. And in most cases, you will be able to get close-up pictures of planes taxi by you.

In my opinion, The NTM is for us airplane geeks and not an event for the whole family and you'll probably never see a larger gathering of aviation geeks in the same place, as at a NTM. 

This was only my second NTM and since it's an event that moves around in Europe, I will go to the ones that are fairly easy to travel to, for me, but I can strongly recommend that if you are an aviation geek, you should attend a NTM at l east once and chances are, you'll visit more after that.

This year's NTM included some rarely seen planes such as the French Navy Grumman E-2C Hawkeye and the French Navy Rafale.

NATO Tiger Meet 2016

F/A-18 Hornet

F/A-18 Hornet

Spanish Air Force F/A-18 Hornet