- an abrupt climbing turn in which an aircraft almost stalls while using its momentum to gain a higher rate of climb.
- to perform a chandelle.
Origin of chandelle
1915–20; < French: literally, candle
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- 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
- (intr) to carry out a chandelle
French, literally: candle
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