Cancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 12 Posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3580 times:
what is the exact origin of the water cannon salute? i know they're used for retiring crewmembers, first flights or final flights of certain types to certain airports and other such fun times. does anyone know how this originally got started?
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3572 times:
Back in the days when ocean liners were a prime method of transport, harbor fireboats would do similar things with the water for whatever the occasion was. At some point (and I have no idea exactly when), the tradition expanded to aviation...
If I had to venture a guess, I'd say sometime in the 1970s or 1980s....
Futurecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3516 times:
Because at the time of open cockpits this was the preferred method of pilots getting showers after eating bugs for the whole trip. Then the pilot could jump out of his plane and all the people see how clean he is and want to go flying.