I understand the protocol with the salute. I was also interested in the motions the flag man gives the pilots. Some flagsters(if I can call them that) give real fancy wave offs to the pilots,and some are simple.
The flagsters that have the complicated waves offs,are they usually ex-military? If you have ever seen the BLUE ANGELs do preflight before the crowd with the mechanics giving the complicated hand signals,you will know what I mean.
And some flagsters,after waving the the direction the aircraft is to go,they then point at the cockpit,and then salute. Some flagsters do this and do not,just giving a simple wave. Please explain the differences in wave offs. Is it experience or what?
As a frequent flyer,I find it intriguing.