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Origins Of The Water Cannon Salute  
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2192 posts, RR: 6
Posted (3 years 12 months 12 hours ago) and read 3253 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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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 9241 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (3 years 12 months 11 hours ago) and read 3219 times:

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
Why is it a water cannon salute and not some other form of pageantry?

They've been doing that to ocean liners ever since fireboats were invented.

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User currently offlinemetzby From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 3141 times:

They originally did normal cannon salutes, but found it was too damaging to the planes.

User currently offlineDreamflight767 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2773 times:
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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.

User currently offlineOlafW From Germany, joined Jul 2009, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2664 times:

not for the inaugural, but Etihad had a cowbell placed on their plane for the first anniversary of flights to Geneva:

Quoting Dreamflight767 (Reply 3):
Guess the foam is pretty corrosive stuff.

That's exactly the reason.

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