Definition of chandelle in English:



  • A steep climbing turn executed in an aircraft to gain height while changing the direction of flight.

    • ‘Gaining altitude, the four ships would split in to a series of loops and rolls before each jet did a chandelle, one after another.’
    • ‘You start a chandelle as if you are going into a loop, but instead of letting the nose go over when you are vertical you apply full rudder and flip the glider over onto its side.’
    • ‘The chandelle is not a combat manoeuvre to get you a kill shot with your guns.’


Early 20th century: from French, literally ‘candle’.