[ 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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for immelmann turn
/ (ˈɪməlˌmɑːn, -mən) /
an aircraft manoeuvre used to gain height while reversing the direction of flight. It consists of a half loop followed by a half roll
Word Origin for Immelmann turn
C20: named after Max Immelmann (1890–1916), German aviator
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