The Luftwaffe has prepared a new special colour scheme for the forthcoming NATO Tiger Meet, to be held for the first time in Poland.
Known as ‘Ghost Tiger’, the markings have been applied to Eurofighter EF2000 31+00 (GS077), which made its maiden flight wearing the new design on April 16.
The jet is operated by Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 74 (TaktLwG 74) ‘Bavarian Tigers’, based at Neuburg in Bavaria.
The annual Tiger Meet is a large-scale aerial exercise with the objective of exchanging tactical knowledge and improving interoperability between various NATO and non-NATO air arms. Each mission’s flying activities are planned by a different unit to ensure participants derive the maximum training benefit from the NTM. In addition, cross-servicing of aircraft by personnel from other units offers experience of different procedures employed by other air arms.
Poland’s 31. Baza Lotnictwa Taktycznego (31st Tactical Aviation Base) at Poznañ-Krzesiny hosts the 2018 Tiger Meet from May 14-25 – the first time it has been held in Eastern Europe.
TaktLwG 74 began life as Jagdgeschwader 74 (JG 74) and was activated at Neuburg on May 5, 1961. It was initially equipped with the F-86K Sabre. From 1964 to 1966 it re-equipped with the F-104G Starfighter before receiving the F-4F Phantom II in 1974.
The wing introduced the EF2000 in summer 2006, and on June 12 the last Phantom was flown out of Neuburg, making JG 74 the first operational Eurofighter unit in Germany.
During a ceremony on March 18, 2013, 741 and 742 Squadrons took over the Tiger heritage from the disbanded 321 Squadron, which had been a full NATO Tigers member.
JG 74 was renamed Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 74 on October 1, 2013.