Living the Dream

Stefan Schmoll visits charismatic Old Rhinebeck aerodrome, home to a wonderful gathering of classics


Built in 1975, Rhinebeck’s Albatros D.Va replica is powered by a Fairchild Ranger engine.
Aeronautical entertainer par excellence: Cole Palen.
Classically informal Old Rhinebeck – top to bottom: Curtiss Robin N534N, Fokker D.VIII replica, a Piper Cub and Fleet 16 Finch N24197.

British understatement against American entertainment: both have their charm. The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden in Bedfordshire and the Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum north of New York are often compared. Each is located on an idyllic little grassy airfield, but at the American venue the appeal is aimed not just at the aviation enthusiast but at providing entertainment for the whole family.

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