Liam and I saw a plane on the runway in Charlotte as it was getting sprayed with fire truck water cannons, and didn’t understand what was going on. Then we heard that it was Chesley B. Sullenberger III, “Captain Sully,” the pilot who landed the jet in the Hudson. And this was the end of his last flight before retiement.
We stuck around with large crowd at the gate and got some photos of him as he exited the plane.
“Traditionally, retiring pilots are greeted at the end of their last trips by trucks spraying water cannons around their planes. They are then feted by their peers in the crew room.”