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Summer Fun Day #27: Go on a high-flying adventure



Something new and fun to do every day this summer in the Hudson Valley

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Pilot in training

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a living museum of antique aviation. Some 70 early “aeroplanes” are on display, making the collection one of the world’s largest.  The 1909 Bleriot, the oldest flying plane in the U.S., was controlled by the pilot shifting his weight. The Aerodrome also features automobiles, motorcycles, early engines, a tank, and other memorabilia from 1900-1935, representing the Pioneer Era, World War I and the Lindbergh/Barnstorming era.

“Kids get an experience here which engages all their senses,” says Don Fleming, the vice president of the Aerodrome’s board ofFlying Airplane trustees. “They see how the colorful planes operate, hear the rotary engines, and even smell the odor of castor oil gasoline.”

 

The air shows are the highlight of a weekend visit. Fleming advises that you dedicate at least two hours to your visit, beginning with a look in the museum buildings. The main event starts with a fashion show of period clothing and a parade of antique trucks and cars.  During the air show, a selection of the 19 airworthy planes takes to the sky. Afterwards, the pilots talk about the planes’ mechanics and history.

Special events this summer include the History of Flight Air Shows, WWI Shows and pumpkin bombing/ fall festival and more! Visit: http://oldrhinebeck.org for a full lineup of public events. 

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The air shows will be presented June 11 through October 9th. The Museum is open daily from 10-5 through October 23rd and biplane rides are available June- October. Admission is $20 adult; $15 teens and seniors; $5 children 6-12; and free for children 5 and under. 9 Norton Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-752-3200.  

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Pamela is the Community Liaison at Hudson Valley Parent. She resides in Dutchess County with her husband and two boys and enjoys crossing things off their bucket list each summer.



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