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A type of periodic out-of-phase rolling and yawing motion, most common with swept-wing aircraft at high altitudes and airspeeds; generally self-limiting and not a threat to the aircraft itself, but extremely good at making its occupants airsick.

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What makes spiral instability less harmful than Dutch roll?

The FAA Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge says on page 5-20: Because it is more desirable for the aircraft to have “spiral instability” than Dutch roll tendencies, most aircraft are ...
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Why is the “Dutch” roll called so?

Why is the "Dutch" roll called so? When did this name enter common usage, and what is its origin? Please cite sources if possible!