Definition of chandelle in English:


Line breaks: chan|delle
Pronunciation: /ʃanˈdɛl


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


mid 20th century: from French, literally 'candle'.

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