[ 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.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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