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OLD RHINEBECK AERODROME GALA CELEBRATES “JENNY’S” 100TH BIRTHDAY

RHINEBECK, NY – March 12, 2017:  The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s Second Annual Spirit of the Aerodrome Gala will be held on May 20, 2017, celebrating 100 years of flight for its 1918 Curtiss Jenny.  The fundraising event follows last year’s highly successful first outing.  The Gala proceeds are used for the Aerodrome’s restoration and expansion projects and to improve outreach as a tourist destination and economic driver in northern Dutchess County.

The Spirit of the Aerodrome Gala is a day-long event starting at 10 am and including Curtiss aircraft flights, Museum tours, and discussions with aviation historians and authors.  Starting at 6 pm, the evening festivity will feature gourmet food, dancing to a big band orchestra, an auction award and special events.  Guests are encourage to wear period attire to contribute to the festive atmosphere. Honorees include Mary Kay Vrba of Dutchess Tourism, the late Ron Alexander, a long time supporter, and the Frost Memorial Fund, a major Aerodrome contributor.   Hosting the event will be 101–CBS FM, New York radio personality Dan Taylor. Gala seating is limited and tickets for both the daytime and evening events are available at: www.spiritoftheaerodrome gala.com  The schedule of events is continually updated at the same webpage.

The centerpiece for the festivities is an original Curtiss JN-4H, Jenny built in 1918.  The nickname for the WWI training biplane comes from the JN designation. With no American fighters produced in time to serve in the war, our contribution was pilots, largely trained on the almost 7000 Jennies built. After the war, Jennies served the barnstormers as they introduced aviation to the American public. The Aerodrome’s machine is the most flown of its type, and has performed in air shows since the 1960s. The co-designer, Glenn Curtiss was a contemporary and competitor of the Wright brothers and based his operations in New York’s Finger Lakes.  A major US aviation figure, he continued to produce innovative designs into aviation’s Golden Era.

Curtiss aircraft scheduled for the day include a 1911 Model D “Pusher” very similar to the craft that Curtiss flew from Albany to New York City in 1910, stopping near Poughkeepsie to refuel: a 1927 Curtiss Robin identical to the machine that “Wrong Way Corrigan” flew from New York to Ireland; and a 1931 Curtiss-Wright “Junior” with a rare configuration of the pilot located at the nose of the machine.

The Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, restoring and flying aircraft of the Pioneer, WWI, and Golden Ages of aviation.  The Museum is open weekdays and weekends May through October, with Saturday and Sunday Airshows from the middle of June to late October.

CONTACT: Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome  – (845) 752-3200.

info@oldrhinebeck.org

Websites: www.spiritoftheaerodrome.com and www.oldrhinebeck.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rhinebeckaerodromemuseum

Spirit of the Aerorome Event Schedule

  • 10 am to 5:30 pm – Museum and Airfield open
  • 10 am to 5 pm – Biplane Rides available – first come first served
  • Tours and Talks throughout the day:
  • Vintage Aircraft and Automobiles in action
    • Aerial demonstrations of our Curtiss Collection
    • 10:30 Museum Tour
    • 11:30 “­The Spirit of St.Louis” – Presentation by Tim Clark
    • 12:30 Museum Tour
    • 1:00 – 3:00 “Yours in a Hurry” Book Signing with aeronautical author Ann Otto
    • 1:30 “Aviation History” – T. Sean Tavares, Past President of World War I Aero
    • 2:00-5:00 Heart Strings Hot Club Band
    • 2:30 Museum Tour
    • 3:30 “Curtiss Aviation” – Presentation by Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the Curtiss Museum
    • 4:30 Wing Rib Building Demo – John Belniak, Aerodrome Volunteer Restorer
  • 6:00 PM -10:00 PM Spirit of the Aerodrome Gala
    • Fundraising gala, reception and dance
    • Live music from the Georgie Wonders Orchestra
    • Special guest speakers
    • Fundraising Auction
    • Awards presentations

AERODROME NAMED AS TOP ADVENTURE DESTINATION

RHINEBECK, NY – January 31, 2017 – The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome has been chosen as one of seven locations in the US and Canada for FlipKey by TripAdvisor’s “Ultimate Adventure Buck List for Travelers.”  The online review recommends, “Not only if you’re in the area, but this place is worth a special trip for the weekend airshows! Besides hangars full of aircraft from before the Lindbergh flight, they have actual World War I aircraft and others that take to the skies! Those pilots are fearless! Check the website for schedules as it is seasonal, but DO NOT MISS this treasure!”  The Bucket List is available on the Aerodrome website: oldrhinebeck.org

“This was a great surprise to us,” said Aerodrome President Mike DiGiacomio, “We’re honored that this was driven by visitor reviews and look forward to educating and entertaining many new friends this season.”  The Aerodrome Airshow season runs Saturdays and Sundays, June 10th through October 22nd.  DiGiacomio adds, “To truly complete the adventure bucket list, rides in a 1929 biplane are available before and after the shows.”

The Village of Red Hook is also featured in the review, “You’ll find that classic ‘Main Street USA’ atmosphere in the small Hudson River town of Red Hook. Stop in for a quiet autumn weekend to pick apples or shop at an authentic farmers’ market. Explore the gardens and tour the historic Montgomery Place during your visit, too.”

The Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, restoring and flying aircraft of the Pioneer, WWI, and Golden Ages of aviation.  The Museum is open weekdays and weekends May through October, with Saturday and Sunday Airshows from the middle of June to late October.

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