[mass noun] A technique used by a vertical take-off aircraft to change direction abruptly by altering the direction of thrust of the aircraft's jet engines.
(of a vertical take-off aircraft) change direction by altering the direction of thrust of the engines.‘the VSTOL Harrier with its ability to viff’
- ‘Plaguewyrm 1 viffed to the right, underbelly thrusters bringing it in line to the Thunderbolt it was tailing.’
- ‘Harrier pilots do use the nozzles in air combat but I don't think to the extent viffing requires.’
- ‘I've been told viffing gave the Harrier an edge at low altitude engagements against our own aircraft and Soviet aircraft in past exercises.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘We use viffing, but it's more of a last-ditch than a standard manoeuvre.’
1970s: acronym from vectoring in forward flight.