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cobra maneuver[′kō·brə mə‚nü·vər]
An aircraft maneuver in which the aircraft pitches up to beyond vertical altitude (reaching an angle of 110-130°) while remaining at almost level flight, and them levels to a regular flight attitude. Also known as Pougachev maneuver.
A rare maneuver where the nose of the aircraft is brought up past the vertical, then rapidly thrust back down to a level position, like a striking cobra. Developed by test pilots of the Russian-built SU-27 fighter aircraft.