Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome holds season's final air show

A D25 biplane flies above the Old Rhinebeck A D25 biplane flies above the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Flights on this plane are available through the summer months at $75 per person. Photo Credit: Handout

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Gusting winds kept the "pumpkin bombers" close to the ground when Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome presented its last air show of the season Oct. 14.

"Virtually everything in the aerodrome collection that rolls or flies was on display during the grand finale weekend with the Hudson River Valley's fall foliage providing a colorful backdrop," according to an aerodrome statement Thursday.

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The aerodrome's 1929 D-25 New Standard biplane that takes passengers on air tours in its open cockpit was pressed into service as the pumpkin bomber.

"It was built to comply with a U.S. government mandate to provide a 'new standard' of safety compared to the WWI surplus and other airplanes that preceded it," Neill Herman, president of Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Air Shows, said. "It is a very stable flying machine and handles rough landing strips and windy conditions much better."

The New Standard is usually last to bed after the season because biplane rides continue to be offered for several weeks by advance reservation, Neill said.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome's museum and grounds, with four hangars displaying more than 60 antique airplanes plus automobiles and related artifacts, will be open again in mid-May 2013. The first air show featuring pioneer, barnstorming and historic airplanes from World War I is planned for June 8.

Anyone interested in information about biplane rides, becoming a volunteer or becoming a "friend" of Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome should call 845-752-3200.

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