Immelmann turn

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Etymology[edit]

Named after the German pilot Max Immelmann.

An Immelmann turn (sense 1) from a WWI flight manual.
Diagram of an Immelmann turn (sense 2).

Noun[edit]

Immelmann turn (plural Immelmann turns)

  1. (military, aviation, archaic) A WWI-era fighter pilot maneuver resembling the aerobatic wingover or hammer-head turn, originally developed by Max Immelmann.
  2. (aviation) The roll-off-the-top aerobatic maneuver, where an aircraft in upright level flight pulls up through one-half of an inside loop until in level inverted flight and then rolls upright, ending up in upright level flight in the opposite direction at a higher altitude; a reverse split S.

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