NATO organized a great number of very interesting exercises in the past , involving the air forces of various countries: Best Hit for the southern forces, Royal Flush, a contest between NATO recce squadrons, Tactical Weapons Meet for the fighter-bomber units of Western Europe and so on. It seems that only the Tiger Meet (bringing together fighter squadron that have a tiger as a mascotte) has survived. Over the years we have visited quite a lot of these events and our findings are gathered here in this album.
Florennes Air Base hosted the 17th Royal Flush aerial reconnaissance competition from 13 to 21 June 1973. Hans and Frank visited the exercise on June 14th, 1973. The teams that took part were : W.German AF (AKG51, Bremgarten , with RF-4E’s) ; USAF in Europe (17TRS/26TRW , Zweibrücken and 32TRS/10TRW , Alconbury with RF-4C’s) ; Royal Air Force Germany ( 2 sq.,Larbruch , with Phantom FGR.2’s) ; R.Neth.AF ( 306 sq., Volkel , with RF-104G’s) ; Belgian AF ( 42 sq.,Florennes , with Mirage VBR’s ; French AF (Escadre de Rec. 3/33 ,Strasbourg , with Mirage IIIR’s) ; (Judge Team) French AF , Esc.2 , Dijon with Mirage IIIB’s ; (Judge Team) WGNavy , MFG.1/2 , Schleswig/Eggebeck with TF-104G’s ;(JudgeTeam) R.Norwegian AF with Northrop F-5B’s ; (Target Reconnaissance) RAF , 39 sq. with Canberra PR.7s . A number of nice action-shots , presented in this gallery , could be made by Hans and Frank during this Meet!
From 25 to 29 May 1970 the fourth NATO Helicopter Rescue Meet was organized at the former R.Neth.AF base Ypenburg near The Hague. Hans was invited on the 28th of May to make a photo-report and his pictures are shown in this gallery. The competition brought together rescue-delegations from 7 countries and the winner of the Henri Dunant trophy proved to be the Royal Air Force -team , flying Westland Whirlwind-helicopters. (see also our gallery on the 1972 Heli Meet , then taking place at Lee-On-Solent , U.K.!) (special thanks to Mr. N. Larsen)
In May 1970 the annual NATO recce exercise “Royal Flush” was organized at the Dutch airbase of Deelen (now closed); participants were : USAFE (26TRW and 10TRW) with RF-4 Phantoms, BAF (42 sq.)with Thunderflashes, CAF (1 CAG) flying CF-104G Starfighters, R.Dan.AF (729 Esk) with Thunderflashes, FAF (ER 33) , Luftwaffe (AKG51) with RF-104G Starfighters, RAF (31 sq.) and R.Neth.AF/K.Lu. (306 sq.) thatwas equipped with RF-104G Starfighters. On May 14 Frank and Hans were allowed to pay a visit.
The 1969 TWM (NATO Tactical Weapons Meet) was held at Fliegerhorst Nörvenich in Germany. Participants to the Meet came from 311/312 squadron(K.Lu.), 10W (BAF), 11 Escadre (FAF), 53 TFS/36 TFW and 20TFW (USAFE), 1AD (RCAF), JABOG 33 + LeKG43/44(Luftwaffe) and 3 sq. (RAF). Referees were flying German TF-104Gs. Frank was present and took the pictures in this gallery.