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

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Historical Examples of 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.

    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