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A technique used by a vertical takeoff aircraft to change direction abruptly by altering the direction of thrust of the aircraft's jet engines.
(of a vertical takeoff aircraft) change direction by altering the thrust of the aircraft's jet engines.
- ‘The opening chords of ‘Rockaway Beach’ are my aroma of madeleines - viffing me back through rich strata of memory to some of the best moments of school and college.’
- ‘I've been told viffing gave the Harrier an edge at low altitude engagements against our own aircraft and Soviet aircraft in past exercises.’
- ‘Harrier pilots do use the nozzles in air combat but I don't think to the extent viffing requires.’
- ‘We use viffing, but it's more of a last-ditch than a standard manoeuvre.’
- ‘MiG will always win (in fact, the only thing the F-35 has in it's favour is viffing, but that's a dangerous tactic against a decent MiG pilot).’
- ‘Plaguewyrm 1 viffed to the right, underbelly thrusters bringing it in line to the Thunderbolt it was tailing.’
1970s: acronym from vectoring in forward flight.
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