Thomas Memorial Airport 18th Annual Fly-In hosts hundreds of aviation enthusiasts

Sunday morning was a soupy mess and there were a lot of great looking planes on the ground. Spectators made their way through the London-esc fog and waited patiently for the fog to burn off.

GLENDO – Although Sunday in Glendo resembled a soupy fog, aircraft aficionados and pilots patiently waited for the sun to pop out and burn off the fog which caused only a few hour delay.

Billed as the largest grassroots fly-in in Wyoming, the Thomas Memorial Airport 18th Annual Fly-In was host to hundreds of people, young and old who called themselves aviation enthusiasts.

The two-day event had great food, evening entertainment and flying competitions like flour drops and balloon busts along with a flour drop for pilot competition and the kids stuffed animal drop feature.

In promoting the event in years past, the invitations were unique as they listed the coordinates for Glendo. Latitude 42-31-12, the Longitude 105-01 – 12.1000W and the elevation which was 4666.

Last year the festivities began Saturday with skydivers and radio controlled planes, however, not at the same time. On Sunday the pilots participated in competitions such as the flour bombing contest and the balloon busting contest. There was also a special toy drop for the kids.

A free barbecue was also featured at noon on Sunday and was free to the public.

Saturday was called “Pilots Choice” and the flying contests began Sunday after the fog had dissipated.

The competitions were run by Dallas Chopping of Casper who said that there were many planes and hundreds of people.

“It is definitely a fun event,” Chopping said.

“They let several planes do the toy drop,” said Dixie Mount who attends every year, and whose husband Dallas is part of the Wheatland airport board. “So there’s just a few stuffed animals that come out of each of those planes. I do like that because it does share the fun with all the pilots.”

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