barrel roll attack

An air combat maneuver used to alter the angle of approach to the defender without losing much speed. The attacker, instead of overshooting, converts speed into height and rolls and dives down behind the defender, who is executing a more-or-less level turn. The attacker executes a barrel roll—a three-dimensional maneuver—to defeat the defender carrying out a two-dimensional maneuver.
Attacker is unable to hold inside the turn. He pulls up keeping the adversary in visual contact trading height for speed and executes a barrel roll attack and dives down onto the defender. He thus retains his potential and prevents an overshoot.

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