TWM and TAM

From 1978 TWM and Royal Flush exercises merged into the Tactical Air Meet (TAM). This page gives information about the participating F-104 Starfighters during both TWM and TAM exercises.

TWM 1 - St Dizier AB 29 June till 6 July 1962

Nothing known about any participating Starfighters during this exercise.

TWM 2 - Hopsten AB 15 till 28 June 1963

Nothing known about any participating Starfighters during this exercise

TWM 3 - Chaumont AB 16 till 31 July 1964

It was the first time that CF-104s were participating in a TWM exercise. In total two CF-104s were seen.

TWM 4 - Chaumont AB 11 till 25 June 1965

During this AFCENT Tactical Weapons Meet Starfighters have been seen from the Canadian 427squadron (3W Zweibrucken and German Air Force JBG31 and JBG33. It was the first time the Germans participated in this exercise.The Canadian team was led by Wing Commander Bill Bliss, and was very successfull. As part of the 4ATAF (which won) the RCAF won the Best Nation award, and flight lieutenant Frioult was the top individual scrorer.

Other pilots inside this succesfull team were Fl Lt. Hyndman, Dow and Hull. German JBG31 pilot Lt Kmonitzek (2nd Starffel) won 2nd place in the Nuclear Attack role. Other pilots from JBG31 were Hptm Angermann, Hptm S Heltzel, Oblt Weiss and OFW Kaiser. The 4th ATAF won the exercise (including JBG33 and the Canadians).
Aircraft seen during the meet include:
JBG31: F-104G DA+120, DA+243, DA+252, DA+247, DA+259
JBG33: F-104G DC+110, DC+250, DC+254, DC+255
1AD : CF-104 12815
Photos beneath show aircraft DC+110 (later 21+83) and DC+255 (later 22+04) on the platform taken during the exercise at Chaumont in June 1965 (Rob Breur). interesting to see that factory code "KE+352" can still be seen beneath the new serial. The other photos show DA+247 (later 20+36) by Hans Koning, DC+254 (later 22+05) by Peter Mühlböck and Canadian CF-104 12815 also by Peter Mühlböck. Also DA+120 is seen (which participated also in 1966), 12815 on the way to the runway and the photo of FX92 (which only served only a few months within the Belgium Air Force before it was lost in an accident later in 1965) are all taken by J. Wilhelem via Philippe Carre. The last photo of DC+255 was provided by Klaus Kropf.
Two 10W Starfighters were seen at Chaumont during this exercise being FX07 (on loan from 1W) and FX92. This must have been a normal visit since 10W officially first participated in a TWM exercise a year later in 1966.

During this exercise Starfighter DA+259 was lost. It crashed in a field, about 1 km from Mahrecourt, France, near the SUIPPES range. During its third approach for an air-to-ground attack, the aircraft suddenly encountered an engine failure and subsequent rapid loss of height. Pilot Hptm Gunther Angermann (29) ejected in time and was unhurt.

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TWM 5 - Chaumont AB 10 till 24 June 1966

During this Tactical Weapons Meet Starfighters have been seen from the German Air Force JBG31, JBG33, Dutch Air Force 311sq, Belgium Air Force 10Wing and RCAF 1st Air Division. The exercise was also known as "Air-TWM". Again 4ATAF won the meet overall. The Canadians had the 2nd best team and Fl.Lt L.B. Marion of 421 squadron won the top individual honours of having the highest single score in the competition.
Aircraft seen during the meet include:
JBG31: F-104G DA+101, DA+112, DA+120, DA+122, DA+128
JBG33: F-104G DC+128, DC+129, DC+232, DC+233, DC+245
311sq : F-104G D-8062 (loan from 312sq), D-8258, D-8267, D-8326
1AD/421sq : CF-104 12739, 12833, 12866, 12882
10Wing : F-104G FX48, FX59, FX69
Beneath some photos taken during the exercise at Chaumont. First aircraft DA+101 (later 20+01) and next to it Belgium FX59 of 10W during the opening ceremony (photo Rob Breur). The second photo shows aircraft DC+245 (later 20+81) at a static show. Note the interesting red TWM exercise badges applied on tails and wingtip fins. (Photo: Rob Breur), Third photo was released by NATO in 1966 showing participating aircraft. The second row shows DC+232 (later 20+69), DC+250 (later 21+96) and DC+129 (later 25+52) all thanks to Peter Mühlböck.

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TWM 6 - Wildenrath AB 16 till 30 June 1967

During this Tactical Weapons Meet Starfighters have been seen from the German Air Force JBG31 and JBG33 and also from the Belgium Air Force 10Wing and Canadian Armed Forces 1AD. The 2 ATAF was the winner
Aircraft seen during the meet include (seen between 16 and 30 June 1967):
1AD : CF-104 12751, 12755, 12800, 12821, 12843, 12869, 12882, 12891 and CF-104D 12663
JBG31: F-104G DA+103, DA+106, DA+112, DA+119, DA+237 and referee TF-104G DA+364
JBG32: TF-104G DB+371 (referee)
JBG33: F-104G DC+103, DC+122, DC+123, DC+125, DC+244, DC+249
312sq : F-104G D-8245, D-8282, D-8343 and TF-104G D-5813 (borrowed from TDM)
10Wing / 31 Sml: F-104G FX54, FX69 and FX76
see also website with photoreport from Gijs Hilterman on: "http://www.milaviation.com/artikelload.php?ID=52"

Beneath a photo showing the TF-104G D-5813, borrowed from TDM, at Wildenrath, thanks to Henk Schakelaar.

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TWM 7 - Jever AB 7 till 21 June 1968

During this Tactical Weapons Meet Starfighters have been seen from the German Air Force JBG31 and JBG33, Dutch Air Force 312sq, Canadian Armed Forces 1st Air Division (3rd Wing) and Belgium Air Force 10Wing. JBG31 pilot Hptm Buckner won the individual LADD Trophy and JBG31 pilot Major Kukuck won the individual LAY-DOWN Trophy.
On the 20th of June a participating aircraft FX36 crashed at Bentheim near Nordhorn range during shooting-exercises. Pilot Capt Jacques Huygen was sadly killed. Aircraft seen during the meet include:
1AD/3thWing: CF-104 12800, 12821, 12838, 12861, 12892 and CF-104D 12661.
JBG31: F-104G 21+59, 22+56, 22+69, 28+15. (28+15 was likely a visitor).
JBG33: F-104G 20+67, 20+74, 22+00, 22+07. (Photos beneath include 20+74 taxying while other three mentioned aircraft wait in the background and a nice color photo showing 20+67)
312sq : F-104G D-6697, D-6700, D-8051, D-8062, D-8260, D-8282 and TF-104G D-5806 (grey, likely visitor or jury aircraft)
10Wing / 31Sml : F-104G FX25, FX36, FX46, FX50, FX62, FX80, FX85.
Other photos beneath, of 22+56 and 28+15, are from the private collection of Dick Lohuis, and some photos of participating Belgium Starfighters thanks to Paul van den Elsaker

See also: http://www.thunderstreaks.com/exercises/jever-germany-nato-tactical-weapons-meet-june-1968/

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TWM 8 - Norvenich AB in June 1969

During this Tactical Weapons Meet Starfighters have been seen from the Canadians, the Belgians, the German Air Force JBG33 and Dutch Air Force 312sq. Aircraft seen during the meet include:
JBG33 : F-104G 20+64, 20+69, 21+95 and 21+96.
10Wing : F-104G FX42, FX46, FX48 and FX62 (all had 8th AirTac badges on their intakes), Looks like FX68 replaced FX48 at the end of the event?
JG74 : F-104G 24+71 (visitor).
312sq : D-6666, D-6700, D-8063.
1AD : CF-104 104721, 104788, 104829, 12839 and 104655.
Referees during the TAM were flown by TF-104Gs 27+76 (JBG34), 27+93 (MFG1), 28+20 (JBG36), 28+22 (AKG51) and 28+24 (JBG33). The Dutch team won the TWM strike competition award this time. Pilot Elt Bruno Klaare was runner up overall.
Beneath photos show aircraft CF-104 104721 parked next to 104829 at Norvenich. (Thanks to Peter Doll), photos of D-8063, 21+95 (next to 21+96), 12839 and FX62 (thanks to Dick Lohuis, his collection) and finally a photo showing the special patch (thanks to Marcel Frenk). Finally a photo showing the winning Dutch team (from let to right) Bruno Klaare (311sq), Ben Roomer (312sq), Bob Hazenbos (312sq) and Jaap Brouwer. Not on the photo is Jan Wilbrink.

See also: http://www.thunderstreaks.com/exercises/norvenich-germany-nato-tactical-weapons-meet-june-1969/

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TWM 9 - Bitburg AFB - Spangdahlem AFB 1 till 13 June 1970

During this Tactical Weapons Meet (also mentioned "AIRTAC") Starfighters have been seen from the German Air Force JBG34, Dutch Air Force 311 and 312 squadron, Belgium 10Wing and Canadian Armed Forces 1CAG (421sq?).

Aircraft see during this meet were:
311sq : F-104G D-6666 (photo beneath), D-6694. D-8283
312sq : F-104G D-6697, D-6700, D-8051, D-8279.
JBG34 : F-104G 21+40, 21+64, 22+63, 24+38.
1CAG: CF-104 104733, 104743, 104836, 104864, 104890
10Wing (all had 9th AirTac badges on their intakes) : F-104G FX19, FX23, FX24, FX25 and FX76.
The Dutch 312sq pilots included Klaare, Roomer, Hazebos, Wilbrink and Brouwer. They won the Strike Competition.
Photos showing a number of participating aircraft can be found beneath:

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TWM 10 - Florennes AB 18 till 29 September 1972

During this Tactical Weapons Meet Starfighters have been seen from the German Air Force JBG31 and JBG33 and from the Dutch Air Force 312sq while the Canadian Armed Forces 1CAG acted as the jury. The German team, led by Oberstleutnant Schmidt included Oberstleutnant Schmitz-Irmer, Oberleutnant Leve, Oberleutnant Stein and Ober-stabsfeldwebel Gerking. Oblt. Jackie Stein became "NATO-Ace" while Oberstleutnant Schmitz-Irmer ended as Nr.3. Starfighter 26+48 (JBG34) was seen as well at Florennes during this exercise but likely as visitor. One of the Dutch Starfighters (D-6700) received a lot of zapps on its front fuselage during the exercise.
The Group 2 ATAF won the meet overall.
Aircraft see during this meet were:
1CAG: CF-104 104653, 104656, 104799, 104873, 104880 (all jury)
312sq: F-104G D-6666, D-6669, D-6700 and D-8048
JBG31: F-104G 22+69, 24+88, 25+04, 26+47
JBG33: F-104G 24+99, 26+41, 26+43, 26+48 (and likely 24+29)
Photo beneath shows the special badge created by Ton van Andel (Dutch Air Force cartoonist) which was applied to all the Dutch Starfighters (thanks to Frank Swinkels / Flash Archives and Hans Koning). Also photos showing D-6666 and D-6700 on the platform thanks to Paul van den Elsaker, and finally a photo showing the various zapps applied to aircraft D-6700. Also two nice photos showing 104873, 104880 and 24+88 from the collection by Paul van den Elsaker.

See also: http://www.thunderstreaks.com/exercises/florennes-belgium-nato-tactical-weapons-meet-september-1972/

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TWM 11 - Sollingen AB 24 May till 7 June 1974

During this Tactical Weapons Meet Starfighters have been seen from the German Air Force JBG31 and JBG34 and also from the Canadian 1CAG based at this Sollingen location. Aircraft seen during this meet were:
JBG31: F-104G 21+60, 21+65, 23+40, 26+52
JBG34: F-104G 22+39, 22+45, 22+60, 22+90, 23+01
1CAG: CF-104 104762, 104838, 104841, 104862 all wearing special painted white with red maple leaf rudders.
10W: F-104G FX24, FX25, FX51, FX81, FX96
WS10 : TF-104G 27+23 (referee/jury)
Pilots from the 10t Wing became 1st in the 'dual role discipline' and won the “Broadhurst Trophy 2 ATAF”.
Beneath photos of CF-104s 104762 and 104841 both showing their special painted rudders (thanks to Peter Doll) and FX81 taxying (by Helmut Baumann), then a photo showing the participating aircraft was taken by Helmut Baumann on the closing day 7 June 1974. Finally two photos showing 23+40 and 26+52 from the collection by Paul van den Elsaker.

See also: http://www.thunderstreaks.com/exercises/baden-sollingen-canadian-forces-germany-nato-tactical-weapons-meet-may-1974/

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TWM 12 - Twenthe AB 29 April till 15 May 1976

During this "final" Tactical Weapons Meet Starfighters have been seen from the German Air Force JBG31 and JBG32 and from the Canadian Armed Forces 1CAG. Some believe 306sq also participated during this meet (like RF-104G D-8143)
Aircraft see during this meet were:
JBG31: F-104G 20+15, 20+38, 20+39, 20+48, 23+40, 26+52 (all part of 2 ATAF)
JBG32: F-104G 25+13, 25+46, 25+54, 26+12, 26+37 (see photo beneath)
1CAG : CF-104 104733, 104762, 104839, 104899 and CF-104D 104658

See also: http://www.thunderstreaks.com/exercises/twente-nl-tactical-weapons-meet-aprilmay-1976/

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TAM - Wildenrath AB 5 till 14 June 1978

During this Tactical Air Meet Starfighters have been seen from the German Air Force JBG33, Dutch Air Force 306 squadron, and Belgium Air Force 10Wing..
Aircraft see during this meet were:
1CAG (441sq): CF-104 104634, 104658 as visitor, 104733 and 104868 "A",104805 "B", 104842 "C", 104847 "D", 104869 "E".
306sq: RF-104G D-8059, D-8119, D-8143, D-8273.
10Wing : F-104G FX30 "E", FX60 "D", FX65 "B", FX76 "A", FX100 "C".
JBG33: F-104G 21+98 "E", 22+05 "C", 24+06 "D", 26+03 "B", 26+11 "A".
Note: During the exercise the CF-104s got their tails painted and the letters ("A" till "E") moved into the maple leave on the tails. However in between the CF-104 104733 was replaced by the 104868. Beneath a photo of FX65 of 10W while taxying at Wildenrath (thanks to Peter Doll), a photo showing four Belgium Starfighter lining up for mass takeoff (thanks to Cor van Gent) and a photo showing FX60 and FX100 arriving at Wildenrath June 5th. (taken by Helmut Baumann). Another  photo shows F-104G 26+11 taxying to the runway on 8 June and finally a photo taken by Manfred Faber on June 5th show two Dutch Starfighters (D-8059 and D-8273) ready for take off.

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TAM - Ramstein AFB 20 June till 3 July 1980

During this Tactical Air Meet Starfighters have been seen from the German Air Force JBG31, JBG32, the Dutch Air Force 306 squadron and Canadian Armed Forces 1CAG. Some aircraft operated from Zweibrucken including the Dutch RF-104Gs. The Canadian squadron won the Walker Trophy for the best rocket shooting performance while the Dutch Starfighter squadron won the Wildenrath Trophy for their achievement to bring all teams close together and accomplish a real TAM team spirit. This was especially because they gave away lots of coffee, saté and candy's. Photos thanks to Henk Schakelaar.
Aircraft seen during this meet were:
1CAG: CF-104 104733 "A", 104796 "D", 104806 "C", 104843 "B", 104893 "E"
JBG31: F-104G 20+39 "A", 21+80 "B" (see photo beneath), 22+59 "C", 26+47 "E", 24+22 "D"
JBG32: F-104G 20+02 "A", 21+55 "B", 23+32 "C", 25+49 "D", 26+12 "E"
306sq: RF-104G D-8103, D-8105 "AC", D-8125 "C", D-8133.

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TAM - Wittmundhafen & Jever AB 11 till 23 June 1982

During this Tactical Air Meet Starfighters have been seen from the German Air Force JBG33, the Dutch Air Force 306 squadron and Canadian Armed Forces 1CAG.
Aircraft see during this meet were:
JBG33 : 20+57, 25+26, 25+28, 25+74
306sq: RF-104G D-8125, D-8129, D-8293 (as seen on the photo beneath taken on 13 June 1982 by Harry Prins)
1CAG : 104776

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TAM - Gilze Rijen AB late June till early July 1984

During this Tactical Air Meet Starfighters have been seen from the Canadian Armed Forces 1CAG.
Aircraft seen during this meet were:
1CAG: CF-104 104735, 104770, 104839, 104873, 104869

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TAM - Kleine Brogel AB in June 1986

There were no Starfighters involved.

TAM - Sollingen AB 16 till 30 June 1988

During this Tactical Air Meet Starfighters have been seen from the Italian Air Force 10 Gruppo, 18 Gruppo and 22 Gruppo.
Aircraft seen included:
9Stormo/10Gruppo: MM6769/9-52 (see photo beneath)
37Stormo/18Gruppo: MM6887/37-13 (see photo beneath)
51Stormo/22Gruppo: MM6879/51-03 (see photo beneath)

Nice video about this exercise can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdmI-a32do0

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