TLP 2004-3; A large Royal Air Force delegation
The Tactical Leadership Programme was founded in the late 19seventies. Its purpose was to join allied forces and train together in joint operations, but also to generate leaders for challenging multinational air defence and air strike missions. The TLP is a standalone organization based on a Memorandum of Understanding between the air forces of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. During the years other nations have been invited as guests to participate.
The first TLP ever was held at Fürstenfeldbruck Air Base, Germany, in January 1978, but this first edition was strictly academic. The TLP moved to Jever AB, Germany, in September 1979 and the academic course was extended with a flying phase. When the TLP left Jever in 1988, 71 courses were held there and over 1900 aircrews were trained. Florennes AB in Belgium was appointed as the new homebase for the TLP, and hosted its first TLP in March 1989. The TLP stayed at Florennes until July 2009, when the exercise moved to Albacete, Spain, where weather conditions are far better and the aircrews have a large airspace structure to their usage.
The first participants arrived on Friday 19 April and the last participants departed on Friday 14 May. With four different plane types, the Royal Air Force was a large contributor to TLP 2004-3. A total of 23 different RAF planes participated in this TLP.
Belgian Air Force with F-16A/B from 2 Wing.
French Air Force with Mirage 2000C from EC 01.012, Mirage 2000N from EC 02.004 and Mirage F.1CT from EC 01.30 and EC 02.30
German Air Force with Tornado IDS from JBG-31
Italian Air Force with AMX from 51.Stormo
Portuguese Air Force with F-16A from Esq.201
Royal Air Force with Harrier GR.7 from 1 Sqn., Jaguar GR.3A from 6, 41 and 54 Sqn., Tornado F.3 from 11, 25, 43 and 56 Sqn. and Hawk T1 from 100 Sqn.
Spanish Air Force with EF-18A from Ala 12 and Ala 15