The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome [9 Norton Rd, Red Hook, NY 12571] is a living museum for aviation enthusiasts home to numerous aircrafts from 1900-1939.
The exhibit here is truly magnificent, enter the hangars and marvel at the planes, read about their historical context, and watch the evolution towards modern flight unfold.
Seeing the recreation of the recreated Wright brothers plane was pretty amazing, my passion for travel has a direct correlation to their creation.
I loved all of the colorfully painted planes and different building materials, especially those with a wooden finish.
It is also incredible that there is a 100% accurate recreation of the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane which took the first solo nonstop trans-Atlantic flight.
On weekends there are air shows, Saturdays WWI, Pioneer era, and 1920’s and on Sunday WWII demonstrations.
There are also biplane rides available for a hefty price.
Planes aren’t one of my top interests, but if you have a love for history and human ingenuity, you will definitely appreciate this museum.