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September 12th, 2012

‘Great War’ coming to Rhinebeck Aerodrome

World War I flying machines will be on full display at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 2012. The event will feature staff and volunteers in period dress.
RHINEBECK - The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome recently announced that it will bring The Great War to the forefront on September 15th and 16th with special displays of its World War I flying machines. There will be live music, pipers on the field, doughboy reenactors and a demonstration of the aerodrome’s popular 1917 Renault light tank.

Staff and volunteers in period dress will be at plane-side to tell the stories of famous American, British, Canadian, French and German WWI aces. Special guests have been invited to relate stories about their WWI veteran family members and what it was like to be “over there”.

“The early war birds were temperamental and unforgiving. A very high percentage of the men who wanted to be pilots perished in training accidents before getting their wings and many others died within the first few weeks of going to war,” said Neill Herman, President of Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Air Shows. “These were young men, often well-educated and from wealthy families; as knights of the sky, they shared a chivalrous spirit. It is said that more than once when an enemy’s machine gun jammed the foe would fly off and re-engage only when it was apparent that it would be a fair fight with dominance determined by combat skill and the pilot’s ability to get the best out of his airplane,” Herman explained.

The museum and grounds with four hangars full of antique airplanes, automobiles and related memorabilia will be open at 10 a.m.; adults in period costume will be admitted at the group rate.

The air show, with thrilling aerial exhibitions and dog fights typical of the day, starts at 2 p.m. Biplane rides will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.
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