About Pilot Rituals
|May 19th, 2004||#1|
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Pilot Rituals info
Take the ritual for pilots that have absolutely finished their last career flight in a Military Aircraft. The Base Fire Department is waiting on the flight ramp with its largest monitor truck, waiting. As soon as the target is away from the aircraft, the monitor or hose crew literally hoses the pilot down from top to bottom. This is to symbolise that the pilot is finally "all washed up" for his flight career.
Another thing done with water was saluting the people who left special duty assignments in far off places. For each freedom flight that left Shemya AFB on shemya island in the alaskan alueitians...the Fire trucks used to form a line down the side of the runway and blast water in the air over the runway and the plane as it took off, as a kind of last day salute to those that were leaving. The had to modify this a little later on, when they accidently shut down one turbojet engine on a four engine plane with water as it was taking off down the runway...
If we should have to fight, we should be prepared to do so from the neck up instead of from the neck down. General James H. Doolittle, USAAF
|May 19th, 2004||#2|
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One thing that happens to pilots when they do their first solo, is after they come down from their flight, all of the other pilots, students and instructors, get buckets of water and just dunk the person.
It happened to me twice. Once on Glider Training. After I did my solo, they took me to a nearby river and threw me (as well as other pilots that soloed that day) in it. The other was on Power Training. When I came down from my solo circuit, they guys had 4 buckets and 2 rubber boots filled with water, and the hose. Needless to say, my flight suit stunk for the rest of the day.
MCpl K. Steliga
Wing Operations/Air Traffic Control
14 Wing Greenwood
Royal Canadian Air Force
Per ardua ad astra
|October 4th, 2006||#6|
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You can't scratch and salute at the same time! That's communist! - LTC Ivens
Son, you got a panty on yo' head. - Raising Arizona
|October 5th, 2006||#7|
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well when our pilots in our squadron finish there first flight as a HAC, kinda like a first "solo" b/c they are "in charge" it is up to the flight-line/powerplants shop's job to "dunk" them, well this dunk consisted of getting hosed down by a CC kart and about 6 buckets of water followed by a good stacking.
\"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don\'t have that problem.\" Ronald Reagan 1985
|November 8th, 2011||#8|
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Civilian pilot trainee's should have their shirttails cut off after their first solo. We would write their name and the date of the first solo on the tail and hang it on the wall until they received their private pilot's license,then we would give it back to them.
Navy/Marine aviator trainee's have their neckties cut. When you go to the "Club" it shows everyone you have had your first solo.