As part of the NATO Tiger Meet in Poland, on Friday 18 May in the 31st Tactical Air Base in Krzesiny was organized Spotters Day. Traditionally, spotters from around the world have appeared at the airport to photograph machines that are starting up close.
The NATO Tiger Meet exercises were organized on May 14-25, and the main base in which machines from 12 NATO countries – Poland, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Hungary, Great Britain and Italy and from Austria and Switzerland, stationed was the 31st Tactical Air Base in Krzesiny near Poznań.
In total, about 70 machines and thousands of soldiers participated in exercise. About 100 flights were carried out daily in two series. As usually in this type of event, Spotters Day was also organized for aerial photographers from around the world, which took place on Friday 18 May. These types of events are a regular element of NATO Tiger Meet exercises and attract hundreds and even thousands of spotter. In addition, in this year’s edition, this event was perfectly combined with the Poznań Air Show 2018, taking place at Ławica.
It was going to be a great aviation festival, but unfortunately not everything went as it should. A large number of spotters (around 1200-1500 people) were allowed to enter the grounds in Krzesiny, which is almost three times more than in many previous editions. The organization and logistics failed quite a bit (especially since this type of event took place in Poland for the first time and nobody had their own organizational experience) which caused a lot of nerves and complaints.
Another problem was also setting the spotters zone under the sun and relatively far from the runway, which combined with perfect, sunny weather (announced storms that did not reach Poznań) made it difficult to take good pictures (especially when breaking through, among others photographers, especially those on ladders in the first row).
Most of the spotters left the airport after the first round of flights, mainly to reach Ławica and photograph the training sessions before the air show. Those who remained had chance tophotograph the landing of the Hungarian An-26 and a few more interesting flights. Below are some of the best frames that I managed to do this day.