L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5533 posts, RR: 19 Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5396 times:
I'm glad you're asking. Until the inaugural flight of KE's 744 to PRG, I always thought it was done only with a/c or crew retirements. Anyway, I think it's a great tradition and I'm sure a lot of fun for the firefighters! I hope someone will give us a bit of insight on the history of the water salute...
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5350 times:
I've always been under the impression that the water salute had maritime origins. I've seen lots of old black and white photos and film where various ships entering/leaving ports got similar salutes from fireboats and tugs.
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5533 posts, RR: 19 Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5338 times:
Would you happen to know what year KE's inaugural flight to PRG took place?
It started just this year, May 15 to be exact. First Korean Air intended to have PRG only a summer destination, served by A330. The demand was unexpectedly high so they turned it into all-year round one, 744 served this route 15.7.-21.8., A330 for the rest of the year.
The reason why they gave a water canon salute to the 747 was, that KE935/936 was historically first scheduled 747 service to PRG. PRG have seen numerous 747 flights before, but these were either unscheduled replacements or charters.
WrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9 Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5183 times:
It relates back to the days of ocean liners. Maiden voyages and inaugral port visits were marked by harbour tugs saluting the arrival of the great liners with their whistles and those equipped with water monitors put on a demonstration.