noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˌer-ə-ˈba-tiks\

: difficult and exciting movements of an airplane often performed for entertainment

Full Definition of AEROBATICS

:  spectacular flying feats and maneuvers (as rolls and dives)
aer·o·bat \ˈer-ə-ˌbat\ noun
aer·o·bat·ic \ˌer-ə-ˈba-tik\ adjective


aer- + acrobatics
First Known Use: circa 1911


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

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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