Word For The Day 6-7-2017

Chandelle

chan·delle \shan-ˈdel, shäⁿ-\
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Definition

A sudden, steep climbing turn of an aircraft,executed to alter flight direction and gain altitude simultaneously.

Examples

Recovering on a reciprocal heading, the Spad pilot added power, climbing into a chandelle to perhaps 5,000 feet heading outbound.
On Yankee Station

She was either using too much rudder in her chandelle maneuvers or not enough.
Silver Wings, Santiago Blue


Origin

The word ‘chandelle’ comes from a French word meaning ‘candle’. According to Propilotguide.com, the maneuver was perfected by WWI French aviators, who described it as ‘monter en chandelle’, “to climb around a candle”.


Did You Know?

See here for a great article -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandelle

 

See here for video-https://youtu.be/Ml8YI7oj2Q8

 


https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chandelle