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Immelmann

[im-uh l-mahn, -muh n]
noun
  1. 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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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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Immelmann turn

Immelmann

noun
  1. an aircraft manoeuvre used to gain height while reversing the direction of flight. It consists of a half loop followed by a half roll
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Word Origin for Immelmann turn

C20: named after Max Immelmann (1890–1916), German aviator
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