One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aerobatic maneuver in which an airplane performs a half loop followed by a half roll, resulting in reversal of direction and increased height.
- ‘The diamond pulled up into an Immelmann followed by a loop and then a Cuban Eight.’
- ‘After we climbed to altitude, with maximum torque of 1,015-foot pounds set, every over-the-top-aerobatic maneuver (loop, one-half Cuban eight, and Immelmann) would get slow at the top with rudder shakers.’
Early 20th century: named after Max Immelmann (1890–1916), German fighter pilot.
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