HA3536 F/A-18C Hornet Swiss Air Force, #J-5011 , Zaragoza AB, Spain, NATO Tiger Meet 2016
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Beginning on May 16 and ending May 27, 2016 the 15 Wing (ALA 15) hosted the annual NATO Tiger Meet at Zaragoza AB in north eastern Spain. There were 19 NATO Association members present along with 2 visiting units. The Silver Tiger Trophy (top award) was won by 31 Smaldeel (Belgium). Some of the most amazing paint schemes ever were worn by the aircraft. The next NATO Tiger Meet will be held be hosted by the 11F in Landivisiau, France beginning June 16, 2017.Designed as a replacement for the A-4 Skyhawk and the A-7 Corsair II and as a complement to the F-14 Tomcat, the F/A-18 first flew on November 18, 1978. Perhaps best known as the aircraft of the US Navy's Blue Angels, this carrier-capable, supersonic, all-weather fighter has many roles, including fighter escort, fleet air defense and close air support. The F/A-18 is a versatile aircraft: it can operate from carriers or land bases and a single switch converts it from fighter to strike mode. During Operation Desert Storm, the F/A-18 proved that, on a single mission, one aircraft could serve as both fighter and a bomber.