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Origin Of Water Cannon Salute  
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4068 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?


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4060 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....


User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4004 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.

User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8690 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3998 times:

Quoting Cancidas (Thread starter):
i know they're used for retiring crewmembers

Didn't Bernie Epple from NW get one?

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