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A US Air Force (USAF) F-16C Fighting Falcon, 120th Fighter Squadron (FS), 140th Fighter Wing (FW), Colorado Air National Guard (COANG) disengages from a refueling boom (fuel port is still open) as it returns to Cold Wing Canada during the second Tiger Meet of the Americas. The Falcon is carrying an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile (left) and Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) pod under the wing and an Acceleration Monitor Assembly (AMA) pod on the wing tip. The Tiger Meet of the Americas, first ever held in Canada, inaugurated in 2001 in the Western Hemisphere to carry on the Tiger tradition of the long-established European original experience; promoting solidarity and operational understanding between NATO members. The Meet attracted 400 participants and over 20 aircraft, with at least 6 fighter jets painted in distinctive “Tiger” schemes. For a squadron to be invited, only one simple criterion required, the unit must have a Tiger or other big cat on their unit’s insignia or as a mascot.