What's a Chandelle?
Chandelle: (shan-dell) an aviation term used to
describe a 180-degree change in direction and an
increase in altitude. This maneuver is a classic test
of aircraft performance and pilot skill.
As in wine making, it requires a smooth touch
on the "stick and rudder. “World War I
French aviators perfected the maneuver and
described it as monter en chandelle, or
"to climb around a candle."