[im-uh l-mahn, -muh n]
- 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.
Origin of Immelmann
1915–20; after Max Immelmann (1890-1916), German aviator of World War I, who is said to have devised it
Also called Immelmann turn.
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Examples from the Web for immelmann
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.
While I was fighting my opponent, Immelmann had tackled another Englishman and had brought him down in the same locality.