Olde Rhinebeck Aerodrome
family fun, there are few places in the Hudson
Valley to compare with Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome on a
summer weekend afternoon. Grab a snow cone or box of
pop corn, elbow you way into the bleachers and sit back
and enjoy an antique airplane air show and "Perils
of Pauline" ground show. Poor Pauline and Dudley
do battle with the Evil Baron as planes zoom and parade
Besides the abduction of Pauline and
her rescue and ultimate demise of the Evil Baron, what
you'll be watching is a succession of historic antique
airplanes from the early era of aviation. They noisily
taxi and take off, swoop overhead in mock dog fights
and amaze with feats of gut-wrenching twists and flips.
Engines sputter and cut off, then restart and save the
pilots from certain crashes. World War One era biplanes
play tag with floating targets and groups of single
wing planes race around overhead.
All the time the friendly announcer
is telling you about the history and the many stories
of these original antique planes, how they were used,
when they were made and when they were rescued from
oblivion. Meanwhile, the kids are squealing and pointing
and jumping in excitement at all the noise, clanging
of bells, activity and spectacle overhead.
These exciting weekend airshows are
held from mid-June through mid-October at 2:30pm. At
other times, and even during the shows, the rest of
the Aerodrome is open to wander. In several hangers
there is a collection of early aircraft and antique
automobiles. The museum is open from mid-May through
October daily from 10am till 5pm.