The aerodrome’s full-scale Fokker D.VII takes off for the weekend WW I air show. This reproduction has an original 200 hp Mercedes in-line, six-cylinder, water-cooled engine. It was built from plans developed from a captured German aircraft.
open each September for the annual
Old Rhinebeck RC Jamboree. Hosted by
the Mid-Hudson Radio Control Society
(MHRCS), the Jamboree has continued
for nearly 50 years and has become one
of the most popular RC events in New
One of the current, popular projects at the Old
Rhinebeck Aerodrome is this reproduction of
the Spirit of St. Louis. It is scale in every way.
This mission was handed down by the Old Rhinebeck
Aerodrome’s founder, James Henry “Cole” Palen Jr., and
throughout the years there have been generations of aviation-loving volunteers donating their time, sweat, and elbow grease
to keep the true stars of the show in airworthy condition.
The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is located approximately
100 miles north of New York City on the east bank of the
Hudson River. With its huge collection of full-scale antique
aircraft, weekly air shows, special events, and the annual
gathering of World War I and Vintage RC models, the Old
Rhinebeck Aerodrome and the RC Jamboree truly capture the
spirit of early aviation.
For the RC modeler and pilot, the gates of the aerodrome
My father was an active RC flier,
and when I was introduced to the
Rhinebeck Jamboree, the event was all
about RC competition. It included Mission, AMA Sport Scale,
Freestyle, and Rhinebeck Maneuvers. These competitions were
flown intermingled from five flightlines, and pilots from each
flight station flew in overlapping airspace.
At times there were a few close calls, and landing approaches
often had to be aborted. It was intended to bring the
excitement of a true WW I aerodrome to the modelers, and
generally things unfolded without incident. The trees were also
a big part of the scene because the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
was hacked out of the woods by its founder.
To do well at Rhinebeck you must have good depth
perception, not be intimidated flying close to the trees, and
know how to handle gusty winds.
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