We have been to Gioia del Colle for NATO Tiger Meet 2023.
The NATO Tiger Meet 2023 is underway at Gioia del Colle Air Base, alternating high-level tactical training missions with various traditional social events. On Oct. 6, 2023, the 36° Stormo (Wing) hosted a Spotters Day which was attended by more than 800 people, confirming the Tiger Meet as one of the most famous and loved multinational exercises in Europe, at least among the aviation enthusiasts’ community.
As happened during previous editions, the exercise included also an Open Day and a Media Day. We have the chance to visit Gioia del Colle during a normal day of operations as well as during the Spotters Day, which featured the mass launch and recovery for a COMAO mission over the Ionian Sea and an Elephant Walk with all the assets taking part to NTM 2023.
On Oct. 4, we also had a chance to fly aboard an Italian Air Force HH101A Caesar part of a 2-ship formation involved in a simulated special operation mission.
Needless to say, one of the highlights of the exercise was the presence of many Special Color aircraft. In fact, as explained in the past, the main difference between NTM and many other “traditional” exercises is that many aircraft taking part in the drills, at least one (but usually more than one) per participating unit, sport Tiger markings, Special Tails or flamboyant tiger-themed paint schemes.
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