On Sunday, Oct. 17, more than 500 visitors attended the final air show of Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s 51st season. Sixty people had the unforgettable experience of flying in the Aerodrome’s 1929 New Standard bi-plane over the exquisite fall foliage that now carpets the Hudson River Valley.
“One of the most impressive collections of antique airplanes in the world and the Aerodrome staff and volunteers produced wonderful air shows every weekend since June 12,” said Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Air Shows President Hugh Schoelzel.” It was a remarkable season, thanks to favorable flying weather and our dedicated crew.”
An end of season dinner was held Oct. 17 at the Dinsmore Golf Club in Staatsburg, N.Y. “Our staff and volunteers carried on in the tradition established more than 50 years ago by Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s visionary founder, the late Cole Palen. They have earned recognition for a job well done,” said Mike DiGiacomio, president of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum.
Biplane Rides will be available through Nov. 1; call 845-752 3200 for reservations. There is a three-passenger minimum (up to four passengers can fly together in the open passenger compartment of the Aerodrome’s 1929 New Standard biplane). Gift certificates are available for Christmas or for use next season at the $65 per person rate. The price is expected to increase to $75 during 2011 due to increases in operating costs, aerodrome officials note.
For more information: OldRhinebeck.org or 845-752-3200.