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Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

A July 2000 trip to Rhinebeck by flroales

Entrance to the Drome Photo, Rhinebeck, New York More Photos
Quote: Nestled in the beautiful Hudson Valley of upstate New York is a time machine. Here that you are transported from contemporary time to the days of early flight. Flying examples of aircraft built for WWI and earlier fill the skies with sights and sounds experienced by few today.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Overview

Entrance to the Drome Photo, Rhinebeck, New York
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As we turned off the New York State Thruway at exit 19 my anticipation grew. I had wanted to visit Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome since I read about it years ago. This is most probably the premier location for viewing antique aircraft in flight in the world. We arrived at the field early before the Aerodrome even opened and it was just as I had pictured it. It is carved out of the upstate New York hills it still retains the look and feel of earl aviation not the slick antiseptic sense of modern flying. In this pastoral setting many years ago Cole Palen and a band of early aviation buffs sowed the seeds for what has become home to flying examples of early aircraft, some original and some replicas. Shortly aft...Read More

Marco Polo Ristorante

Restaurant | "Marco Polo's Ristorante"

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The town of Rhinebeck has many eateries of varying types and price ranges for its size so finding what you what should not be a problem. For our evening meal, we chose Marco Polo's Ristorante. They use a large, open brick oven to prepare appropriate foods and as you would expect from the name, specialise in Italian cuisine. The building is an old converted church on one of the main drags of town; outside seating on the veranda is also available if the weather permits. The selection is good and the food well-prepared. The very friendly staff will aid you in your selection if you desire and they carry a quite large selection of both domestic and imported beers.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2000

Marco Polo Ristorante
32 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, New York
(845) 876-3228

What, where and how

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Rhinebeck from a Biplane Photo, Rhinebeck, New York
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Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is located on Stone Church Road just Northeast of the town of Rhinebeck NY and holds two different air shows each weekend during the season which runs from mid June through mid October, show time is 2:30 PM but the field opens at 10:00 AM. You can reach them by phone at 914-758-8610 or on the net at www.oldrhinebeck.org. On Saturday they feature aircraft of the first three decades of flight and on Sunday the aircraft from WWI are the stars of the show. With the Sunday show a somewhat droll melodrama in the style of "The Perils of Pauline" is the premise for the use of the aerodrome's aircraft, vehicles and other antiques. Sir Percy Goodfellow the gallant hero spends most of th...Read More
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The Sunday show was the one I had chosen because it featured the aircraft of the "Great War" as WWI is sometimes called. The first impression I had was one of sound. I like most had never heard the sound of a rotary aircraft engine. The rotary engine is one where the propeller is fixed to the engine crankcase that turns with it while the crankshaft is attached to the aircraft. The sound generated by such a concoction is truly unique. True to the period many of the aircraft flying on Sunday were equipped with such engines. Prime among them was the Fokker DR1 Triplane of "Red Baron" fame that flew more than any other that day. Another with this engine was the mount of many WW1 Aces and Snoopy in the Pe...Read More

Lots of things to see

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Very early flight Photo,
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The air shows may well be the major reason for visiting Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome but they are not the only attraction available. Just cross the road and walk up the hill and you will be treated to a number of buildings that house many more aircraft of the represented periods. These are aircraft that are not presently flown in the shows or are awaiting restoration including many little known types. On the premises they also have a well-stocked gift shop, model museum and basic food and drink. Be sure and bring your camera and lots of film. A long lens in the 180mm range will yield some excellent shots during the shows. I am sure if you are even just casually interested in aviation or history or just ou...Read More