Behind the Lens: Challenges Faced by Spotters at NTM 2024 | Aviation

This year’s NTM was organized by the TaktLwG 51/1 of the German Air Force (Image credit: Author)

Limited Angles and Obstructed Views Leave Spotters Disappointed.

NATO Tiger Meet 2024 took place at Schleswig Air Base, Germany, home of the TaktLwG 51/1 of the German Air Force between Jun. 3 and 13, 2024. Two much anticipated spotter days were arranged to allow several hundreds photographers to take shots of the aircraft taking part in the exercise. The first one was on June 7 and the second on Monday June 10, 2024.

The Aviationist’s David Parody attended the first of these on Friday June 7, 2024. Here are his impressions and photographs.

(All images, credit: DM Parody 2024)

Registration and arrival

Registration for both Spotter’s Days was mandatory and both days were fully subscribed fairly quickly with 1,500 spotters being allowed on each of the day although it felt that there were a few more than that on the Friday. Organisation for the event was very slick and soon QR codes to successful applicants were received in the inbox.

Arrival at the event was smooth with plenty of parking available upon arrival and even though we arrived at 6:30AM there was already a large queue in front of us. The queue moved very quickly due to the QR scanning process and soon we were bused to the spotters area.  Here there were plenty of food and drink options as well…


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