immelmann-turn

Immelmann

[im-uhl-mahn, -muhn]
noun
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.


Origin:
1915–20; after Max Immelmann (1890-1916), German aviator of World War I, who is said to have devised it

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