- n. (noun) A flight maneuver consisting of a steep climbing turn executed to gain altitude while changing direction.
‘Chandelle’ translates from the French as ‘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.’
“To camouflage was already in use in the United States long before the country entered the war, and such aviation terms as ace, chandelle, vrille and glissade were seldom heard outside the air-force.”
“A Chandelle is strictly a training maneuver, an exaggerated climbing turn, to show a student that smooth flying requires a high degree of muscular coordination.”
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