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chandelle

Syllabification: chan·delle
Pronunciation: /SHanˈdel, SHäN-
 
/

Definition of chandelle in English:

noun

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

Origin

1970s: from French, literally 'candle'.

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