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Sport of performing maneuvers such as rolls, loops, stalls, spins, and dives with an airplane. As an organized sport, rather than as an air show attraction (stunt flying), aerobatics began international competition in 1960 under the auspices of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
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