November 14, 2020. Saturday found us enjoying some incredible opportunities to fly and explore the Glamis Sand dunes. Pilots were free to do their own adventuring. Flying around the dunes had so many different things to offer. Sections of the dunes made it seem like you were flying on another planet. It was magical. One of the greatest joys was catching up to a group of buggies racing through the dunes and flying along side of them. It was definitely an experience that everyone involved enjoyed.
That afternoon we were honored to be asked to participate in a flag ceremony to commemorate all of the attending veterans that were at the Glamis Sand dunes that weekend. The event was organized by the Glamis Veterans Organization which is a nonprofit that provides support to the Glamis enthusiast veterans. Several of the pilots elected to fly out to the ceremony and made a grand entrance in front of several thousand attendees. Unfortunately, this was where we also experienced our first injury. One of our pilots was experiencing some difficult conditions as he was approaching a tight landing area. He hit the side of a Can Am side by side vehicle and injured his ankle. There was no other damage to anything, so we were lucky in that fact. He had the pleasure of riding out on a side by side instead of flying out, but he had a great time none the less.
Later this evening would see the last group flight. In an effort to capture the magnitude of the event, most of the attending pilots all launched within minutes of each other and completed a final group flight over the camp area. This flight would consist of 26 pilots in a gaggle, flying tightly over the camp. It was a treat for the thousands of campers that were there for the weekend.