|Quoting Dl757md (Reply 15):|
They don't do the water cannon anymore at Delta for retiring pilots (at least not here in SLC but I think it's also true system wide) due to the fact that an aircraft received some slat damage during a salute.
Maybe ARFF thought the aircraft was on fire.
But, really, unless the nozzle was pointing straight at the slat and pretty close, I don't see how water sprayed in an arc over the wing would damage anything. Unless it was like the PIA salute in the first post where the wings will cut right through the stream of water. But then that can be fixed by having the ARFF trucks farther away or better, angling the nozzles higher up.
|Quoting Ckfred (Reply 20):|
A little off the subject, but I believe that a retiring captain gets to pick who sits in the F/O's seat on his last trip.
True, provided they are type rated and trained in the type they are flying. It was even on an episode of the WN
version of Airline. The retiring pilot had his son, a WN
F/O, on the flight. Also, I remember when the #1 pilot on the senority list at HA
retired (a DC-9 Captain), his son (also a HA
DC-9 Captain) flew in the right seat with him.