Part of the fun at the RC Jamboree is duplicating the same tasks that the full-scale airplanes perform. Here, a 1/3-scale Balsa USA Moraine with a parasol wing attempts a balloon bust!
• Dick Allen was the CD for the first
Rhinebeck event, held on September 23,
• Cole Palen donated vintage WW I
aircraft instruments to be used as
• The first Old Rhinebeck Jamboree
competition featured 17 entrants.
• Jim Hoover, flying his Scale
Halberstadt, nailed the Balloon Bust on
the first pass of his first flight.
• George Buso performed his famous
Anti-Rain Dance, and the Jamboree
hasn’t been rained out in 30 years.
Fast, Fun Facts
Photos by Jay Smith, Tom Polapink, and the Old Rhinebeck Museum
buildings, only to emerge unharmed and hauled off in the
My favorite performance was like a dream born on an old
movie set. It had a villain, the Black Baron of Rhinebeck; a
hero, Sir Percy Goodfellow; and a damsel in distress, Trudy
Truelove. Cole Palen, flying his Fokker triplane, was the
villainous Black Baron; the original Trudy (the target of the
Baron’s unanswered advances) was Judy Meyers; and Dick
King flew his reproduction Sopwith Pup as Sir Percy, whose
job was to bring the Black Baron to justice. It was magical.
Today, some of the best pilots pay homage to Cole and the
rest of the gang by reenacting some of the original hijinks that
were so much a part of the aerodrome’s history.
Other important events in any Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
air show are the Balloon Bust and the Delsey Dive. During the
Balloon Bust, several vintage airplanes take off and the ground
crew releases helium-filled balloons for the aircraft to hit with
The most exciting show is the Delsey Dive, in which the
airplanes drop rolls of toilet paper and other aircraft dive and
try to cut them into pieces before they touch the ground. It’s
amazing, and fun to watch.
The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome and its annual RC Jamboree
are truly more than an old airport and an RC event; both
provide an experience full of fun and emotion. If you’ve
ever fancied yourself as the Great Waldo Pepper type, or
have always had a soft spot in your heart for movies such as
The Dawn Patrol, The Blue Max, or Flyboys, then you must
make the trip to Rhinebeck. The magic is real, the aircraft
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intriguing, and the RC flying fun. A white scarf is optional!
This year the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome will welcome
back a few people who have been active there in the past. Ken
Cassens will return to complete the aerodrome’s magnificent
reproduction of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis.
This project had been on hiatus for the past 10 years, but
work resumed in 2012 and it should soon be completed.
Ken will be flying in the shows, along with Nate and Clay
Hammond (sons of Bill Hammond, who flew there in the
The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome museum has memberships
available starting at $25. Members receive a quarterly
newsletter and gift shop discounts. Other membership levels
offer additional benefits. Donations are tax deductible. For
additional information, visit the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s
new website, listed in “Sources.”
For more information about the 2013 Rhinebeck WW I
Jamboree (the 47th), contact the Mid-Hudson RC Society. The
website is listed in “Sources.”
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
Mid-Hudson Radio Control Society
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