A SQUADRON in air force , army aviation , or naval aviation is a unit comprising a number of military aircraft and their aircrews , usually of the same type, typically with 12 to 24 aircraft, sometimes divided into three or four flights , depending on aircraft type and air force. Land based squadrons equipped with heavier type aircraft such as long-range bombers, or cargo aircraft, or air refueling tankers have around 12 aircraft as a typical authorization, while most fighter equipped units have an authorized number of 18 to 24.
In most armed forces, two or more squadrons will form a group or a
wing . Some air forces (including the
Royal Air Force
UNITED STATES MILITARY AIR SERVICES
For more details on U.S. Navy squadrons, see Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons .
In contrast to
United States Air Force