View Full Version : A question for the NAVY guys

05-23-2007, 02:18 PM
What is the "V" in a squadron-designation for?

You know, "VF", "VA", "VFA"...

05-23-2007, 02:26 PM
Afaik just a letter to designate 'heavier than air'. Can't find my bookmark link for a more explicent explanation.

05-23-2007, 02:32 PM
So what about lighter than air?

05-23-2007, 02:32 PM
"On 17 July 1920, the Secretary of the Navy prescribed a standard nomenclature for types and classes of naval vessels, including aircraft, in which lighter than-air craft were identified by the type "Z" and heavier-than-air craft by the letter "V". Class letters assigned
within the Z type were R, N and K for rigid dirigibles, non-rigid dirigibles and kite balloons respectively,
while F, O, S, P, T and G were established for fighter, observation, scouting, patrol, torpedo and bombing, and Fleet planes as classes within the V type. The use of the "V" designation with fix-wing heavier-than-air squadron designations has been a question of debate since the 1920s.

However, no conclusive evidence has been found to identify why the letter "V" was chosen.

It is generally believed the "V" was in reference to the French word volplane. As a verb, the word means to glide or soar. As a noun, it described an aeronautical device sustained in the air by lifting surfaces (wings), as opposed to the bag of gas that the airships (denoted by "Z") used. The same case may be made regarding the use of "Z". It is generally believed the "Z" was used in deference to Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the German general and developer of the airship in 1900. However, documentation has not been located to verify this assumption."


05-23-2007, 03:00 PM
Okay, thx http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif