NATO Tiger Meet Exercise Accomplished with 80 Aircraft & Participation of 13 Countries

Date: Issue 127 - December 2023 Update: June 24, 2024

This year's NATO Tiger Meet (NTM 2023) exercise was hosted by the 12° Gruppo at Gioia Del Colle Air Base in Italy. The 192nd "Tiger" Squadron, representing the Turkish Air Force, participated in the exercise, held from October 2-13, 2023, with three F-16 aircraft and 49 personnel. The NATO Tiger Meet 2023 Exercise was attended by 80 aircraft of different types and 2,000 personnel, with the participation of Germany, Austria, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Türkiye, Greece, and NATO.

192 Squadron was established in 1948 as 102 Fighter Bombing Squadron at Balikesir, Türkiye, operating then the P-47 Thunderbolt. They adopted the Tiger in their patch in 1950. In 1952 the Squadron was named 192 Squadron and receives the F-84. Between 1952 and 1970 they flew the F-84 F/G and the RF-84 F Thunderstreak, in Attack and Reconnaissance missions. The RF-5 were flown between 1970 and 1975.