from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sudden, steep climbing turn of an aircraft, executed to alter flight direction and gain altitude simultaneously.
  • intransitive v. To execute a chandelle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an abrupt climbing turn made by an airplane, in which the plane's momentum is used to achieve a higher than normal rate of climb, without stalling the aircraft.
  • intransitive v. to perform a chandelle, as of an airplane.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flight maneuver consisting of a steep climbing turn executed to gain altitude while changing direction
  • v. climb suddenly and steeply


French, from chandelle, candle, from Old French, from Latin cand─ôla; see candle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • 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

  • 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.

    Chapter 11. American Slang. 2. War Slang


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