We have been wanting to visit the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum and the Flight Show since we got here and we finally got a Sunday afternoon off so that we could do that. After we parked the truck, we wandered around the various museum buildings and took a look at a lot of very old airplane and, to our surprise, a multitude of antique automobiles.
The Aerodrome was founded by Cole Palen as a living museum of vintage aircraft from 1900 to 1937. Aerodrome founder Cole Palen bought a few old planes in 1951 when a Long Island hangar at the site of Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic take-off made way for a shopping plaza. Palen collected pre-WWII planes for the rest of his life and reproduced hard-to-find historical planes, usually with original engines.
Bleriot XI (original 1911)
Louis Bleriot is the designer and manufacturer of this plane which had many models of this French design. This plane was found in a barn near Boston after a fire and was procured and restored by Old Rhinebeck Aerodome. The body was broken in half just after the cockpit. This plane has flown in many shows at the Aerodome but now needs some maintenance. The Bleriots were comparatively reliable Gnome engine and its long range gas tank. It won many cross country races even though its top speed with a 50 HP engine was 56 MPH.
Demoiselle - Modern Version - This is a French 1909 plane
This plane was nicknamed the "infuriated Grasshopper"
Morane Sauliner "N" - French 1914
Siemens-Schuckert D-III Replica
The original was German made in 1918.
Deperdussin Copy - French made in 1913
This is the first airplane to exceed 100 MPH
1908 Brush Runabout
Fokker Triplane DR-1 (copy) - Made in Germany 1917
Thomas Pusher Model 2 - Made in Bath, NY
This plane was flown from Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome to New York City where it and its pilot, Cole Palen, appeared on the TV Program "I've Got A Secret". The Aerodrome was the creation of Cole Palen.
Sears Motor Buggy that retailed for $395
This was advertised as speedy, economical, noiseless, durable and safe - a child can run it. It had a top speed of 25 MPH.
Chanute Glider Circa 1896-1902
I am standing in front of a Wright Flyer "Kittyhawk" 1903 - USA
Orville and Wilbur Wright became the first to achieve powered controlled sustained flight on December 17, 1903 in Kittyhawk, North Carolina with the Wright Flyer. The Wright Brothers also designed the 12 HP engine that lifted the 40' wingspan Flyer into the air. This reproduction was built in the 1970's by Howard Kelem and the students and faculty of August Martin High School in Jamaica, New York.
Three of the buildings holding planes
Pitcarin Mailwing - American Plane Built in 1929
It was designed to carry the night airmail. In later years Pitcarins became popular as crop dusters because of their load carrying ability.
Pitcarin US Mail Carrier
The Gift Shop and More Museum
Thomas-Morse S4B American Plane 1917-18
This was the American's effort to provide a fighter for the Great War. It was discovered in a barn in Wisconsin, restored and flown by Dwight Woodward . This is the last example of 100 S4B's.
A Model of the Spirit of St. Louis flown by
Charles Lindbergh from Long Island to Paris, France (non-stop)
There was no information on this toy but I bet anything
it came out about the time Lindbergh flew to Paris.
1909 Merkel Light
1904 Pierce Stanhope
1931 Morgan - Three-Wheeler Barrel Back
Lockheed 10E "Electra" 1936 USA
This is a scratch built model of the aircraft that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan used to attempt their ill-fated "round-the-world" flight.
Morane A-1 (Original) French built in 1917
We couldn't resist getting our pictures takenin these Photo Op Booths!