history. Cole died in 1993 at the age of
67 after a lifetime of putting his dream on
display for the ages.
Today, the facility is operated by the
Old Rhinebeck Foundation. The shows
are still exciting and vaudeville-like with
lots of melodrama: good guys chasing
villains in the air and on the ground. The
“soundtrack” underlying everything
is the ratty noise of original rotary
engines with a vaguely on-again, off-again rhythm, and the smell of castor-oil smoke drifting across the audience.
The smell, sound, and overall vibe
seem somehow soft and friendly, not
slick and Disney-like. It’s an enticing
combination and is pure family fun.
The audience can freely wander
through the sometimes rough-around-
Aviation in its early teens on parade.
The Triplane rests between missions.
The DH Tiger Moth fills in when another old funky biplane is needed.