World War I (1914-1918)

World War 1 dogfights over Rhinebeck! It happens every Sunday, June through October, at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome on New York’s “Western Front”. Here a small group of intrepid visionaries, under the master’s hand of the late Cole Palen, has assembled a living museum of airplanes from the Great War. This is more than a collection of retired antiques. The airplanes are frequently mud spattered and stained with castor oil – for flying, not merely collecting, is what Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is all about. Great pride is taken in flying original aircraft or accurate copies powered with original engines. This colorful era is brought back to life amidst the roar of rotary engines, the smell of burnt castor oil and the sound of wind in the wires as the biplanes sweep down the field. See history repeat itself in an aerial stage show.

All this real action is tied in with a farcical melodrama involving a hero, gallant Sir Percy Goodfellow; a heroine, fair maiden Trudy Truelove; and a villain; the dastardly Black Baron; making a spoof of war with a mixture of nonsense, humor and nostalgia – all for your added entertainment.

Below you will find a list of World War 1 aircraft that are currently part of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome collection. Click on the associated links for additional information.

Aeromarine 39B (Original)

Country: United States
Year: 1917
Engine: Curtiss OXX-6
Horsepower: 100
Wingspan: 47′ (14.32 m)
Top Speed: 73 mph (117 km/h)
Gr. Weight: 661 lbs (300 kg)

Current Status: In Storage

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Albatros D.Va (Reproduction)

Country: Germany
Year: 1917
Engine: Mercedes
Horsepower: 160-180
Wingspan: 29′-7″
Top Speed: 107 mph (172 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 2,017 lbs (915 kg)

Current Status: Active

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Albree Pigeon Fraser Pursuit (Original)

Country: United States
Year: 1917
Engine: Gnome Rotary
Horsepower: 100
Wingspan: 37′ 11″
Length: 24′
Height: 8′ 8.5″

Current Status: Static Exhibit

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Ansaldo “Balilla” A.I (Reproduction)

Country: Italy
Year: 1917
Engine: SPA
Horsepower: 220
Wingspan: 26′ 1″
Top Speed: 135.5mph (221 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 2,367 lbs (173.5 kg)

Current Status: Static Exhibit

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Avro 504K (Reproduction)

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1914
Engine: Various Rotaries
Horsepower: 100-130
Wingspan: 36′
Top Speed: 105 mph (75 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,830 lbs (300kg)

Current Status: In Storage

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Caudron G.III (Reproduction)

Country: France
Year: 1914
Engine: Gnome & Le Rhone Rotaries
Horsepower: 80
Wingspan: 43′ 11″
Top Speed: 65 mph (104 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,612 lbs (731.8kg)

Current Status: Active

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Curtiss JN-4H (Original)

Country: United States
Year: 1917
Engine: Hispano-Suiza
Horsepower: 180
Wingspan: 43′ 7″
Top Speed: 75 mph (120 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,920 lbs (871.6 kg)

Current Status: Active

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Fokker D.VII (Reproduction)

Country: Germany
Year: 1918
Engine: Mercedes D.III
Horsepower: 200
Wingspan: 29′ 2″
Top Speed: 117 mph (189 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,984 lbs (900 kg)

Current Status: Active

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Fokker Dr.1 (Reproduction)

Country: Germany
Year: 1917
Engine: Le Rhone or Oberursel
Horsepower: 110
Wingspan: 23′ 7″
Top Speed: 102 mph (165 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,290 lbs (585kg)

Current Status: Static Exhibit

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Fokker Dr.1 (Reproduction)

Country: Germany
Year: 1917
Engine: Le Rhone or Oberursel (Continental Radial in this example)
Horsepower: 110
Wingspan: 23′ 7″
Top Speed: 102 mph (165 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,290 lbs (585kg)

Current Status: Active

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Fokker Dr.1 (Reproduction)

Country: Germany
Year: 1917
Engine: Le Rhone or Oberursel
Horsepower: 110
Wingspan: 23′ 7″
Top Speed: 102 mph (165 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,290 lbs (585kg)

Current Status: On Loan (New England Air Museum)

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Fokker E.III (Reproduction)

Country: Germany
Year: 1914
Engine: Oberursel
Horsepower: 100
Wingspan: 31′-3″
Top Speed: 83 mph (133.6 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,400 lbs (635 kg)

Current Status: Static Exhibit (Under Restoration)

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Morane-Saulnier A-1 (Original)

Country: France
Year: 1917
Engine: Gnome Rotary
Horsepower: 160
Wingspan: 27′-10″
Top Speed: 129 mph (201.6 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,433 lbs (650 kg)

Current Status: Static Exhibit

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Morane-Saulnier N (Reproduction)

Country: France
Year: 1914
Engine: Le Rhone Rotary
Horsepower: 80-100
Wingspan: 27′-3″
Top Speed: 102.5 mph (165 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,122 lbs (509 kg)

Current Status: Static Exhibit

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Nieuport 10 (Original)

Country: France
Year: 1915
Engine: Le Rhone Rotary
Horsepower: 80
Wingspan: 25′ 11″
Top Speed: 87.5 mph (140 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1, 452 lbs (658.5 kg)

Current Status: Static Exhibit

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Nieuport 11 (Reproduction)

Country: France
Year: 1915
Engine: Le Rhone Rotary
Horsepower: 80
Wingspan: 24′ 9″
Top Speed: 97 mph (156 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,058 lbs (480 kg)

Current Status: Under Restoration (Off Premises)

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Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8 (Reproduction)

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1915
Engine: Gnome Rotary
Horsepower: 100
Wingspan: 31′ 6″
Top Speed: 94 mph (151 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,346 lbs (610 kg)

Current Status: On Loan (National Air & Space Museum)

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Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a (Mock-Up)

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1917
Engine: Hispano-Suiza
Horsepower: 200
Wingspan: 26′ 7″
Top Speed: 121 mph (188 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,953 lbs (886 kg)

Current Status: Static Exhibit

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Siemens Schuckert D.III (Reproduction)

Country: Germany
Year: 1918
Engine: Siemens-Halske SH.III Rotary
Quantity Mfg: 80
Wingspan: 27′ 8″
Top Speed: 112 mph (180 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,598 lbs (725 kg)

Current Status: Static Exhibit

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Sopwith Camel (Reproduction)

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1917
Engine: Various Rotaries
Horsepower: 100-160
Wingspan: 28′
Top Speed: 118 mph (190 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,453 lbs (617 kg)

Current Status: Active

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Sopwith Dolphin (Reproduction)

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1917
Engine: Hispano-Suiza
Horsepower: 180-220
Wingspan: 32′ 6″
Top Speed: 119 mph (192.3 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,911 lbs (867 kg)

Current Status: Static Exhibit (Under Restoration)

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SPAD VII (Reproduction)

Country: France
Year: 1917
Engine: Hispano-Suiza
Horsepower: 150
Wingspan: 26′ 11″
Top Speed: 138 mph (222 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,808 lbs (820 kg)

Current Status: Active

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Thomas-Morse S-4B (Original)

Country: United States
Year: 1918
Engine: Gnome, Le Rhone Rotaries
Horsepower: 80-100
Wingspan: 27′
Top Speed: 95 mph (152.8 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1,325 lbs (601 kg)

Current Status: Static Exhibit

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