There’s a young fellow who led by a couple of strokes into the
final round of the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta named Trevor
Anything happen there? Immelman. Immelman. Well, let’s see. Had
the name been Audie Murphy, Colin Kelly, Alvin (Sergeant) York,
would that have rung a bell? To older (mature) folk, and to pilots
of almost any age, Immelman rings an instant bell.
Max Immelman was a WWI German flying ace who perfected the
maneuver that bears his name; a method of changing direction and
altitude in a war fighting circumstance. Pull back on the stick
and, just at the top of the loop or beyond, roll out of it and gun
‘er in the opposite diection. The Immelman remains one of the basic
acrobatic maneuvers of powered flight.
Golfer Immelman is only 28, a South African, and as far as I
know, no sports maven has inquired to see if his heritage involves
Max. Even on the windy days you can’t Immelman a golf ball —
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