Gulfstream650 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 539 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4401 times:
I was flying though DFW today. As I was leaving I noticed two fire trucks, lights flashing, facing each other at the entrance to the apron of one of the terminals (the one where the UA airbus and US Airways planes are (sorry don't know DFW that well))
I've never seen a water cannon salute however they looked as though they were in position to do one to either a departing or arriving aircraft.
Can anyone shed any light on this.
Photos below but they're pretty crappy ones.
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Jetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1692 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4373 times:
Probably for a retiring captain. One time I was in American Airlines Admirals Club in Terminal D at DFW. One of the desk agents came over to the windows and said a 767 was taxiing in and they were going to give the captain a water cannon salute because this was his last trip before retiring.
Only one fire truck showed up and they did spray over the airplane, we all watched this from the club and it was the first time I actually saw this tribute.
TZTriStar500 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1470 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4342 times:
Its most likely for arriving AMC Reach flights with military troops returning from the Middle East. DFW is one of the main troop arriving drop off points for the AMC contractors (World, North American, Omni, etc.) along with BWI and ATL and they do this all the time for these arriving flights. I saw one in DFW for a World Airways MD-11 (N272WA) about 2 weeks ago.
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DXing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4322 times:
If hub ops gets the word from flight ops they will always call the fire department to salute a retiring cpt. I've seen it happen dozens of times, in the day time, at night, and even in the pouring rain. Every retiring cpt deserves that courtesey.
Mbm3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 855 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4168 times:
I have been fortunately to be on two retirement flights for one of the CO 767 captains. One, coming from HNL to IAH, received the water cannon salute and it was pretty cool. The second, coming from FCO to EWR, did not receive anything and I was a bit bummed. I was in BF on both flights and sat next to the families of the captain, all of which were both sad and happy about the event.
And if it involves the troops as it seems here, kudos to the fire safety folks for giving them the proper welcome home.
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Arffguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3527 times:
I highly doubt the use of foam (AFFF) was intentional. Sounds like a screw-up to me. Foam costs too much and then it's messy; plus the truck needs to be flushed, resupplied and washed.
AFFF is slippery and tenancious. You have to rinse and rinse and rinse to get it to go away.
The person who said they were trying to do "Christmas early" was probably like one of our public affairs people who seem to hardly know which end of the planes go forward.
One thing we have to remember is to actually hit the FOAM switch instead of the WATER only switch when we have a real fire. My department rarely uses foam at all, except during FAA required foam testing procedures.
I'm willing to put money that it was an accidental discharge, even though the article makes it sound like they always do that. In our Strikers, the buttons for water and foam are right next to each other. The 6% concentrate foam that we use is about $75 a bucket, no way we would ever use that for a salute.
Not to mention it's a huge hassle to clean up and resupply.