Coal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2068 posts, RR: 9 Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2975 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?
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Dreamflight767 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2495 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.