chandelle

chandelle

[shan-del, shahn-] Aeronautics.
noun
1.
an abrupt climbing turn in which an aircraft almost stalls while using its momentum to gain a higher rate of climb.
verb (used without object), chandelled, chandelling.
2.
to perform a chandelle.

Origin:
1915–20; < French: literally, candle

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chandelle (ʃænˈdɛl, French ʃɑ̃dɛl)
 
n
1.  aeronautics an abrupt climbing turn almost to the point of stalling, in which an aircraft's momentum is used to increase its rate of climb
 
vb
2.  (intr) to carry out a chandelle
 
[French, literally: candle]

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