SOMETHING XT-ROAR-DINARY IS COMING

31SQN is proud to announce an XT-roar-dinary Tiger Event, called ‘XTM Joint Jubilee 2021’.
This will be a condensed flying exercise starting as from the 7th of September and fading out on the 14th of September.

Main theme is 60 years Nato Tiger Association along with 70 years 31SQN & 50 years Sanicole Aeroclub.

Stay tuned for more intel!

The squadron

cropped-logo31.pngAs a multirole squadron, 31 can be tasked to perform Air to Air missions as well as Air to Ground missions. In a nutshell, the Air to Air missions can be done to defend friendly territory from outsiders or to clear the way for bombers above enemy territory. The Air to Ground missions are mainly performed to slow down or eliminate enemy ground troops and ground based air defences. Fighters can also be "on call" to lend support to friendly ground troops having problems in the field. 31 squadron is part of NATO's High Readiness Forces and is permanently ready to fulfill these tasks in order to protect Belgian national airspace and territory, to support its NATO allies and to perform Peace Support missions under a United Nations mandate.

History

The history of the 31st Tiger Squadron goes back to the 1st of October 1951. On that day it was founded, as part of the 10th Tactical Wing at Beauvechain Airbase, together with 23 and 27 squadron.

Structure

In order to maintain it’s operational capabilities, the squadron must constantly manage it’s personnel in an efficient way. This is key, to allow everyone to participate in operations, continue training, keep up with new tactics and technologies and improve day by day.

Commanding Officers

The Commanding Officer or CO is the ‘boss’ of the squadron. In the yard of the Tiger squadron there is a F-104 Starfighter wingtank with all the names of the 31 Co’s, dating back from 1951 til present CO.

Latest news

Baltic Air Policing 2020

Baltic Air Policing 2020

At the end of February 2020, under the leadership of the former CO of 31 SQN, LtKol Vl Vanophem ‘Sam’, BAP20-03 started the NATO mission Baltic Air Policing, stationed at Siauliai Airbase – Lithuania.
This mission lasts 8 months and is split into 4 periods, each time a completely new detachment deploys.

XTM Joint Jubilee 2021

XTM Joint Jubilee 2021

31SQN is proud to announce an XT-roar-dinary Tiger Event, called ‘XTM Joint Jubilee 2021’.

FA-116 Tigertail rollout

FA-116 Tigertail rollout

4th of April 2018, on a typical gloomy grey and dull Belgian afternoon, 31 Squadron presented its new livery.
The design of FA-116 was made by Peter Verheyen and Johan Wolfs from Arte International, who are slowly reaching the ’50’ mark with their total amount of painted Jets.