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Posted by on Nov 21, 2007 in Blog, Miscellaneous, Photography, Places | 4 comments

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome – Last show of 2007

I took my son back to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome for the last show of the year on Oct. 14th. We got there early to get our biplane ride tickets, and we were on the 2nd flight to go up. I had purchased a Tokina 12-24mm lens for my D200 over the summer, and it was the perfect lens to put on for the flight.

New Standard Biplane - Nikon 300mm F/4 EDIF - Nikon D200

They have added a second New Standard biplane to the ride schedule. It makes it much easier to get tickets. At $50 per person, for a 20 minute ride, some people might think it’s too expensive. Personally, I feel it’s a very unique experience, and worth every penny. The money from the rides helps keep the place running, so I think of it as a donation.

Our Pilot - Tokina 12-24 - Nikon D200

Our pilot seemed to be enjoying the flight. The wind was pretty strong, which made the ride even more fun than usual!

Big Smile - Tokina 12-24 - Nikon D200

It’s very hard to speak and hear over the sound of the wind and the engine, but from his smile, I could tell Evan was enjoying the ride too.

Old Rhinebeck Airfield - Tokina 12-24 - Nikon D200

My favorite part of the ride is always the landing. Seeing all of the planes lined up on the field, the hangers and old buildings, you really feel like you have traveled back in time.

Old Rhinebeck Flightline - Tokina 12-24 - Nikon D200

This year was the first time I went for a ride in one of the classic cars. I highly recommend it, because it gets you on the other side of the airfield fence, and a different view of the planes.

Pitt Special - Nikon 300mm F/4 EDIF - Nikon D200

This Pitt Special Biplane started off the show with a quick aerobatic demonstration.

Black Baron - Nikon 300mm F/4 EDIF - Nikon D200

They have been performing the same corny (in a good way) show since I was a Kid. The Black Baron kidnaps Trudy Truelove, and Sir Percy Goodfellow attempts to set things right. The Sunday show is always my favorite because it features the WWI fighters.

Fokker D.VII - Nikon 300mm F/4 EDIF - Nikon D200

The bright colors and classic look of the Fokker D.VII make it one of my favorites.

Spad VII - Nikon 300mm F/4 EDIF - Nikon D200

The Spad VII takes off over the trees… you have to envy the pilots that get to fly these amazing planes.

Fokker DR.I Guns - Nikon 28-105 - Nikon D200

Unfortunately, the wind picked up as the day went on, and they grounded many of my favorite planes like the Fokker DR.I Triplane . As a consolation, they let people get behind the fence after the show to get a closer look at the planes.

It’s hard to explain to people why I like this place so much. Part of my attachment is because of my childhood memories of the place. The Aerodrome is frozen in time, and I can travel back in time in more ways than one when I go there.

4 Comments

  1. If you go the weekend after Labor Day, you will also get treated to the Annual Radio Controlled Model Aviation Aeronotics display! Model builders and flyers come from all over the country to fly their War Birds that weekend so you not only get a great life size arial show but you also get a great model airplane arial show – all for the same price! It takes place every year at the Aerodrom the weekend after Labor Day. I’ve gone and camped out for the weekend every year for the past 9 years! What fun it is!!!

  2. My wife and I happened upon the aerodrome a few years ago while on vacation, and I fell in love with it. If memory serves me, they were test flying their Albatros D.Va that day, saying it had just recently arrived. Also, it was a great surprise to read the nameplate of the Davis D1W and see that it was built in Richmond, Indiana; we live in Hagerstown, just 15 minutes from Richmond, and I remember riding past the Davis Lawnmower factory building as a kid. We need to honor our past, and the Aerodrome is a wonderful way to do that. Can’t wait to come back. Looks like you enjoyed it, too!

  3. Came across this while looking for rigging info for a Fokker D-V11, I had no idea there were so many WW1 aircraft, replicas, whatever, flying. Great stuff.

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