Coal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1902 posts, RR: 6 Posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2727 times:
My question is simple, why is there a water cannon salute when an airline starts new service to a city or operates a new a/c type? Why is it a water cannon salute and not some other form of pageantry? Has there ever been any other form of pageantry?
Dreamflight767 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2247 times:
I read in Airliners or Airways that a water cannon salute was done for a retiring pilot. Somehow the wing clipped the fire tender and tipped it over. Can't remember any of the details though.
I witnessed a "water" cannon salute once at my airport to honor a retiring RJ Captain. The fire brigade accidentally used foam instead of water. After the passengers de-planed, the aircraft was towed to the MX hanger for inspection and the outbound flight was cancelled. Guess the foam is pretty corrosive stuff.