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Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome & the 2nd Annual Spirit Gala


The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is an attraction in Dutchess County that is unlike any other. The Aerodrome is a living aviation museum where visitors can learn about vintage aircrafts, attend WWI reenactment airshows, and view the extensive collection of planes, automobiles and motorcycles in the museum. Founded by Cole Palen in 1958, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome continues to uphold its mission of preserving, restoring and flying the aircrafts of the Pioneer, WWI, and Golden Ages of Aviation. And not only do you get to just see all the neat memorabilia, you can actually go up in an open cockpit biplane! Biplane rides are offered in their 1929 New Standard D-25 airplane, and although now maintained to modern aircraft regulations, the ride still makes for a thrilling experience.

With over 60 vintage aircrafts and a classic small town airport setting, the Aerodrome creates an environment where all of its guests feel as though they’ve been transported back in time.  Starting the weekend of June 10th and 11th, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome will kick off its air show season, with a History of Flight Air Show on Saturday, and a WWI Air Show on Sunday, fun for kids and adults alike! The highlight of both airs shows is the amazing, historic planes including the 1909 Bleriot, the Fokker DR-I Triplane, and the precise replica of the Spirit of St. Louis. To learn more about these aircrafts and to buy your tickets to an Air Show click here!

If you truly want to emerge yourself in the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome experience, then dress up in your best period pieces and grab a ticket to the 2nd Annual Spirit Gala and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 20th! The Curtiss Jenny aircraft is soaring into its 100th year, and the Aerodrome is celebrating with daytime demonstrations and educational talks, biplane rides, and an evening gala filled with live music, dinner and dancing. From 10am to 5:30pm the museum and airfield will be open, then the evening Gala will kick off at 6pm. The Gala is an event to remember, so don’t miss it! Purchase your tickets here

For more information about the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, including hours of operation, event calendar and more, visit their website at www.oldrhinebeck.org.  

All photos courtesy of Phil Makanna.

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