On 30/08/2007 together with the 322 Flyingmonsters the 321 Tigers were dispatched with 3 TORNADO ECR and 5 crews to Ørland MAS in Norway. There this year's exercice BOLD AVENGER (BAR07), the former NATO AIRMEET NAM, took place. Here we trained in the norwegian airspace, over land and over the Northsea, combined air operations together with over 100 fighterjets, transport aircraft, heavy tanker aircraft, AWACS and further support aircraft from overall 13 NATO countries. From Germany there were some more jets from RECCE Wing 51 (now Tactical Luftwaffe Wing 51) "Immelmann" in Schleswig. Further aircraft and crews came from Belgium, Canada, Tchech Republic, France, Greece, Norway, Polen, Rumania, Spain, Turkey, GB and USA. Overall 1450 persons. Under them were the following Tiger Sqadrons: 321 Tigers, 51 Tigers from Schleswig, 338 Squadron from Norway (host) and EC 1/12 from Cambrai in France.
Ørland is situated on the norwegian westcoast a little bit south of the Polar Circle near to Trondheim. The weather resembled more or less an average November day in Germany which meant for us to freeze and wait for showers to pass by. Because of this the more we enjoyed once a day to shoot through the clouds and have the sun shining for two hours on our helmets. BAR07 ended 14/09/2007. On 24/09/2007 the NATO Tigermeet was planned (and conducted) in Ørland in which we unfortunately could not participate with the normal manpower. Only over the weekend we flew in with three jets.
On the way to the airplane.
Crewbus to the flightline
German technicians (left in the rain)
Nightlife and entertainment.
HARRY and ENZO at the Bar
Ops offiziers at work
Aiming at french Rafale
German Recce Tornado from Schleswig
Climbout after take-off