The Info List - Squadron (aviation)

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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
Royal Air Force
, Royal Netherlands Air Force , Belgian Air Component
Belgian Air Component
, German Air Force
German Air Force
, Republic of Singapore Air Force
Republic of Singapore Air Force
, and United States Air Force
United States Air Force
) also use the term squadrons for non-flying ground units (e.g., radar squadrons, missile squadrons, aircraft maintenance squadrons, security forces squadrons, civil engineering squadrons, operations management squadron, medical squadrons, etc.).


For more details on U.S. Navy squadrons, see Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons .

In contrast to United States Air Force
United States Air Force
units where flying squadrons are separate from supporting administrative and aircraft maintenance squadrons, flying squadrons in U.S. Naval Aviation (United States Navy and United States Marine Corps