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[im-uh l-mahn, -muh n] /ˈɪm əlˌmɑn, -mən/
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 of Immelmann
1915-20; after Max Immelmann (1890-1916), German aviator of World War I, who is said to have devised it Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Thus in the early days Immelmann and Boelke were much heard of.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • Immelmann also saw him fall, and was immensely pleased by our success.

  • Immelmann lay in the courtyard of a hospital, on a wonderful bier.

  • On the ninth of November, 1916, I flew towards the enemy with my little comrade Immelmann, who then was eighteen years old.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • While I was fighting my opponent, Immelmann had tackled another Englishman and had brought him down in the same locality.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • Boelcke and Immelmann were given the Ordre pour le Mérite when they had brought down their eighth aeroplane.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • I quickly went up to support Immelmann, but the enemy was gone by the time I got there.

  • The worst thing he knew of, so he told me, was that his aunt did not even know who Immelmann was.

  • Finally another Fokker (Immelmann) came to my rescue and the fight started all over again.

  • I had to take an 80-horsepower machine, because Immelmann, who had remained behind, had already taken my 160-horsepower machine.

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