Well a 2 for 1 deal on my very first post (i've lurked for a few years however)
Well today I participated in a tradition that I guess has been around for quite some time. A LT. Colonel made is last flight as a pilot in an Army airframe, and following his landing, with the help of his family and the Otis Fire Dept., he(and the helicopter) was hosed down by water and champagne. I'm looking for a little help on tracking down the origins of this tradition, one that seems to appear in all facets of aviation, Commercial and military. Any help you guys could provide in tracking downt he tradition of hosing a aviator down on his last landing would be appreciated.
During all the excitement today, I got the pleasure of watching 2 KC-135E's (?) practice approach's today at Otis. They looked to be sporting brand new paintjobs and engines. (CF-6's?) My questions pertains to where the hell they were from. Only distinguishing features was the tail where home airfield is usually painted. The only thing i can add is that it was a dark blue band with white lettering. Again any help you guys can provide would be great.
I have plenty of faith in you guys after reading you posts for so long.