the-edges period hangars and workshops, most of which feature a wonderfully lived-in feeling that is real, not contrived authenticity. The museum, on the other hand, rises in
quality above the other buildings. But the operation has never been about the money, and
one doesn’t have to look hard to know that the labor force is there largely because they’re in
love with what they’re doing. And that feeling shows. It’s not about the money—it’s about the
history and the entertainment. Cole would be proud.
Old Rhinebeck Aerodome
• Museum open daily,
May 1–October 31,
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
• Airshows are Saturday (History
of Flight) and Sunday ( WW I),
June 10–October 22
• Special events include several
radio-control model events and
specialty car shows
• Biplane rides before and after
airshows and by reservation on
Above, below, and right: Melodrama is everywhere at Rhinebeck, whether it’s the Nieuport and an unwanted
passenger or a Sopwith making a dramatic pass.