fairly amazing price. At the time, they were considered curiosities, not aeronautical treasures,
and few private individuals were interested in them. So after nine 200-mile round trips from
his family farm, he filled all the outbuildings with complete but disassembled flying machines
including a SPAD XIII, Avro 504K, Curtiss Jenny, Standard J-2, Aeromarine 39B, and Sopwith Snipe.
While he was pursuing those aircraft, Cole continually dreamed of establishing a form of
entertainment center in which machines from the dawn of aviation would occupy center stage. In
1959, he found the perfect site—a farm next to Rhinebeck/Red Hook, New York—and the rest is
Top: Old enemies together—the Albatros is followed by ORA’s replica SPAD, which tours the country courtesy
of its modern engine. Left and above: Authenticity, whether in dress or powerplants, is key at Rhinebeck when
possible. Note their Spirit has no windshield.