from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A maneuver in which an airplane first completes half a loop and then half a roll in order to gain altitude and change flight direction simultaneously.

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  • noun aviation An Immelmann turn.
  • proper noun A surname.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Max Immelmann, (1890–1916), German aviator.]

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From Max Immelmann, a WWI German fighter ace.


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  • In the early days of aviation, there was a maneuver known as the Immelmann turn.

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  • "Immelmann" squadron are under repair and ask if any one of them is serviceable.

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  • Tell your C.O. that we are the 'Immelmann' Wing and as the war is now over and no one has defeated us in the air we do not consider ourselves prisoners.

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  • Doing somersaults, upside down flying, Side Slipping and the Immelmann, which you wonder which way you were going.

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  • A white shape appeared in the mirror and I yanked the Pitts up in a tight Immelmann.

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  • Over, over, climbing into a steep Immelmann, Bird Dog drove the F-14 into the air.

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  • Tombstone's Tomcat was dropping out of its Immelmann now, nosing over into an inverted dive.


  • He brought the F-14 out of its climb, completing the Immelmann with a half-twist that brought them out two thousand feet above the Korean aircraft ... and behind them.


  • Ahead and to the left, he could see the MiGs on Coyote's tail breaking left and right as Coyote hauled back and climbed, twisting his aircraft into a three-quarters turn and rolling out in an Immelmann which carried him clear of the immediate threat.



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