immelmann turn


[im-uhl-mahn, -muhn]
a maneuver in which an airplane makes a half loop, then resumes its normal, level position by making a half roll: used to gain altitude while turning to fly in the opposite direction.
Also called Immelmann turn.

1915–20; after Max Immelmann (1890-1916), German aviator of World War I, who is said to have devised it Unabridged
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Immelmann turn or Immelmann (ˈɪməlˌmɑːn, -mən, ˈɪməlˌmɑːn, -mən)
an aircraft manoeuvre used to gain height while reversing the direction of flight. It consists of a half loop followed by a half roll
[C20: named after Max Immelmann (1890--1916), German aviator]
Immelmann or Immelmann
[C20: named after Max Immelmann (1890--1916), German aviator]

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