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Water Cannon Salute

Sun Apr 20, 2003 3:32 pm

What flights are given the water cannon salute? We've seen them given when an aircraft type is being retired or for an inagural flight. Are they still given when captains retire?




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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Sun Apr 20, 2003 3:36 pm

I seem to recently recall one being done for a retirement, but I only read about it so I'm not entirely sure.

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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Sun Apr 20, 2003 3:37 pm

Also, how was the tradition started, etc?
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RE: Water Cannon Salute

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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Sun Apr 20, 2003 6:28 pm

if you are dumb (like me!) you won't know that Alingi is the team that won this years America Cup.
 
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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Sun Apr 20, 2003 7:32 pm

Last November, BA Concorde captain Les Scott retired, married to an American and living in New York, the JFK team arranged a send off for him, Les holds the transatlantic passenger aircraft speed record, in Feb 1996 he flew a JFK-LHR sector in 2 hrs, 52 minutes and 59 seconds.

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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 12:24 am

As far as I know, it´s an adaptation of a naval tradition where ships are saluted by fire boats on special occasions.
 
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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 1:17 am

My friend Delta pilot who retired L-1011 back in 1987. He landed Atlanta and into the ramp two fire trucks sprayed water cannon salute on his L-1011. I saw his video tape about the last trip retired. It's pretty cool.

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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 1:41 am

I was aboard NW 88 from Beijing to Detroit on April 27, 2001 (just checked my NWA.com history to confirm) when we were greeted with water cannons on arrival on the occasion of the captain's last flight. His wife was also on board, and he made his last landing. (It was only so-so!)

This picture was taken just 3 days later....what a coincidence!

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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 1:46 am

When the last PanAm 747 took off out of JFK, the Port Authority not only pulled out all of the water guns, but all of the fire trucks were lined up with their siren on to give them their last send off. Very touching.
 
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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 2:38 am

Skyhawk,

At MIA, when the last scheduled passenger flight of Pan Am was arriving (a B-727-200), the tower told them they were the last passenger PA flight, had them do a slow fly-by of the field (which Pan Am had built to begin with) and gave them a water cannon salute on arrival to the ramp. There wasn't a dry eye on the aircraft or on the field realizing this represented the end of an era!  Crying

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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 2:48 am

Does anybody have any pictures of what Skyhawk's talking about? That would be amazing to see.

There was a Discovery Channel special on the 777 a couple of years ago & it showed an AA captain's last flight, with views of his washdown at DFW from the inside & outside of the plane, which was interesting.

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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 3:00 am

Might as well add Continentals Peter Max getting the cannons too. This flight was flight 11 from CDG > IAH. It was the retirement flight of Continentals Seniority #1 Captain Cliff "Pleggie" Pleggenkhule. Lovely guy, fantastic pilot, and was sad to see him go. He was totally not ready to let go of this career, but mandatory retirement at 60 overruled, and he was forced to let go.



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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 3:28 am

That pic of the AF A340 was probaly only time it ever got washed!
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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 3:36 am

DeltaRules, here's that last PAA flight from JFK that Skyhawk is writing about...


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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 3:45 am

MxCtrlr-I know about the 727 pic, somewhere here at home we have it-I don't remember if it was in the last copy of the Clipper employee paper or what, I just know that I have seen it. What I mentioned was not a passenger flight, just old "Juan Trippe" being re-located. Unfortunately the pics we have here on A-net don't do the ceremony justice. Before the plane began moving, employees that were there were invited to sign "him"(Clipper Juan Trippe) on the fuselage.
 
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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 5:03 am

Skyhawk,

I know exactly what movement you were referring to - when N747PA, Clipper Juan T. Trippe left JFK Maintenance for San Bernadino for a Section 41 mod and then on to another airline. The JFK Mx employees even signed the name by the door, as you mentioned, and even put a few tears coming from the name.

The 727 flight I was referring to was written up in the Miami Herald shortly after PA's demise. I have a copy of the article somewhere around here. I just thought that it was a fitting tribute to the final passenger flight of a company that basically built MIA's international air service. United, AA, DL and a host of international carriers, owe their present-day international service to Juan T. Trippe's Pan American. Even the MIA airport itself, as I alluded to earlier, owes its existence to Juan T. Trippe's Pan Am. The original 125 acre tract that was known as Pan American Field, is now where AeroThrust (are they even still there - its been so long since I've been to MIA) facilities are, down through where AvBorne Heavy Maintenance is (along NW 36th Street).



As the caption at http://www.panam.org states, the road on the right side is the present-day NW 36th Street.

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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 5:36 am

A few years ago my parents were on a flight that received the water canon solute as it was the captains retirement flight. It was a United 747 from SYD-LAX. When i came back in June from SYD there were ballons all over the interiour of the aircraft. The head F/A made an announcement that it was the captains last flight. I was pretty excited that there was a possibility of being sprayed in SFO. Never happened.

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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 5:57 am

When I was about to board my one and only 727 trip from ORD-LGA in the summer of 2001, I saw a United 757 getting the water cannon salute as it arrived at the gate in ORD. I thought that even if this was a new ship for UA, surely they would not give it a water cannon salute, given how many of the type they already had. I can only assume it was a Captain's last flight before retirement....?

I know that a bmi A330 got this treatment the first time it arrived in the USA (MAN-IAD) in 2001. I also saw the BAE Systems RJX-100 get this at Manchester recently, as it was the aircraft's last flight to it's final resting place.
 
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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 6:22 am

That pic that Derden took...I was also on that flight. It was the inauguration of American Eagle service CLT-ORD with an ERJ145. We got champagne glasses, pens, a bag full of stuff, and the like.
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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 7:27 am

McCtrlr-just a side to our main topic here. When the current MIA terminal was built, my family was rather intimate with it-my dad was a steel contractor in MIA and built the "new" terminal and ramps for the departure level. Funny thing though, the water table is so high in Miami, they(the architects) thought they had everything figured out for the construction, but when the ramps were being built, they sank one by one. It was finally figured out that they had to drive two steel beams(one on top of the other) for each position requiring one so that they would hit coral rock and finally get stabability for the cars that would be driving on the roadway.
 
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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 7:49 am

And a pretty nice one here:


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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 2:20 pm

I've seen water salutes given for Last flight, First flight, Retiring Capt/Pilot and new aircraft type. Here are the ones I've experienced first hand:

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RE: Water Cannon Salute

Mon Apr 21, 2003 2:35 pm

This is the last Swissair 747-landing in ATL .. and the second-last Swissair 747 revenue landing ... the last flight was ATL-ZRH.


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