of the Tiger Meet is a bit fuzzy. It appears to have started
with two NATO Squadrons, the 79th USAF Tactical Fighter
Squadron and No. 74 RAF Tiger Squadron getting together for
some whiskey and cheer in 1960. In 1961 the gathering occurred
again, this time with the participation of France's Escadron de
Chasse 1/12. In 1962, these gatherings were moulded into a loose organizational
and invitations went out to all NATO Squadrons that sported a
Tiger of some sort as their squadron emblem or mascot.
the majority of the photos contained in the Proud to Show Our Stripes Tiger
Meets segment are from 439
Squadron archives, I could not have done such a complete job
without the active contribution of two gentlemen from across
the pond, who generously provided me with wonderful photos of
439 Tiger Birds in all their glory, Gert Weckx of www.natotigers.org
and Michel Klaver
F-4 Phantom Pages . To both of you my sincere thanks.