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VA, VFA, Vmfa?  
User currently offlineAndrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 925 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6025 times:

Hello all,

what does VA, VFA and VMFA stand for? I believe that they are followed by squadron numbers (ex. VFA-83) and I guess that F=Fighter and A=Attack, but what does the whole acronym stands for?

Thanks for your help!

Cheers,
Andrej

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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6025 times:

The V stands for fixed wing. So VFA would stand for Fixed wing Fighter Attack and so on. The M stands for Marines. Hope this helps.  Smile

User currently offlineAndrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6002 times:

Dear LMP737,

thanks a lot! I kinda thought that M stands for Marines, but I could not figure out that V!  Smile

Thanks again!

Cheers,
Andrej


User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1330 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6002 times:

V stands for Navy if I remember correctly. I do not believe it means fixed wing although Navy helo squadrons start with H. VF = Navy Fighter; VA = Navy Attack; VC = Navy Composite; VFA = Navy Fighter/Attack. VM designates a U S Marine squadron

User currently offlineFlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5989 times:

And for Marine Helicopter squadrons... HML-Helicopter Marine Light, HMM-Helicopter Marine Medium, HMH-Helicopter Marine Heavy. I also believe they will throw an "A" at the end of those for "Attack" as appropriate. Such as MHLA for a cobra squadron. A Marine CH-46 pilot told me all those a couple years ago and I'm pretty sure they're all correct.


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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5985 times:

Sometimes you'll even see some pretty long ones, like VMFA(AW) 522. Marine Fighter Attack All Weather.

Then on the other end you have easy ones like VF-2. (Now VFA-2)

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineAndrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5924 times:

Hello all,

thank You for yours help!

Cheers,
Andrej


User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5922 times:

Quoting Andrej (Reply 2):
Dear LMP737,

thanks a lot! I kinda thought that M stands for Marines, but I could not figure out that V!

Thanks again!

Cheers,
Andrej

Last I had heard "V" stood for Heavier Than Air; it was a designator for aircraft in general.



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5883 times:

V stands for fixed wing...don't ask me the logic. F was already taken obviously.

A Helo is heavier than air, but it doesn't have a V, it's denoted with an H.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineStudeDave From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5853 times:

I hate to correct all those who are so sure that they are right, but I'm sitting here with a "BlueJacket's Manual" which says--

H=squadrons made up entirely of helicoptors
V=fixed-wing aircraft, or a mixed-type squadron (ie VC-8~ which has since decomissioned)

and for the 'old-school'-
Z=lighter-than-air (or dirigible), which are no longer in service



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