Aufklärungsgeschwader 51 "Immelmann" is a tactical
reconnaissance wing of the German Air Force based at Schleswig-Jagel, Northern
Germany. The Wing is named after World War I German flying ace Max Immelmann
and operates the Panavia Tornado ECR in the tactical reconnaissance role.
The Tornado’s are equipped with reconnaissance sensors which are carried
in a pod mounted under the fuselage. Depending on the variant used, the
reconnaissance pod with optical and infrared sensors, can reconnoiter targets
both day and night. In 2007, to support NATO coalition operations across
Afghanistan, Aufklärungsgeschwader 51 "Immelmann" deployed
Tornados to Mazar-i-Sharif, Northern Afghanistan.
In 2013, the NATO Tigermeet was held for the
second consecutive year at the Orland Air Base in Norway from June 17-28.
The gathering of Tiger Squadrons has become one of the most important
NATO exercise, with over 75 aircraft from 16 nations taking part. The
winners of the famous Silver Tiger Trophy were the Reconnaissance Wing
51 “Immelmann” (AG51) of the German Air Force, flying the
Tornado ECR. They also won the prices for best looking uniform as well
as the most fancy paint scheme.
Many thanks to the crew of both Tornado’s as well as the Photoflight
platform Cessna Citation crew for making this exceptional photoshoot possible.