For great 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 overhead.
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
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.