[ im-uhl-mahn, -muhn ]
/ ˈɪm əlˌmɑn, -mən /
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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.
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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
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How to use Immelmann in a sentence
This was the machine in which the two famous German airmen, Immelmann and Boelke performed some of their most daring exploits.
Thus in the early days Immelmann and Boelke were much heard of.
Immelmann also saw him fall, and was immensely pleased by our success.
Immelmann lay in the courtyard of a hospital, on a wonderful bier.
A smiling English youth was embarrassed when asked how he brought down the great Immelmann, most famous of German aviators.My Second Year of the War|Frederick Palmer