andrej
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VA, VFA, Vmfa?

Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:01 am

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
 
LMP737
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RE: VA, VFA, Vmfa?

Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:07 am

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
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andrej
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RE: VA, VFA, Vmfa?

Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:36 am

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
 
MD88Captain
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RE: VA, VFA, Vmfa?

Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:36 am

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
 
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RE: VA, VFA, Vmfa?

Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:05 am

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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RE: VA, VFA, Vmfa?

Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:09 am

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)

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andrej
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RE: VA, VFA, Vmfa?

Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:45 pm

Hello all,

thank You for yours help!

Cheers,
Andrej
 
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RE: VA, VFA, Vmfa?

Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:47 pm

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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DeltaGuy
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RE: VA, VFA, Vmfa?

Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:10 pm

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
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RE: VA, VFA, Vmfa?

Sat Feb 03, 2007 1:24 am

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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