One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A steep climbing turn executed in an aircraft to gain height while changing the direction of flight.
- ‘The chandelle is not a combat manoeuvre to get you a kill shot with your guns.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Gaining altitude, the four ships would split in to a series of loops and rolls before each jet did a chandelle, one after another.’
Mid 20th century: from French, literally ‘candle’.
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