Rhinebeck Aerodrome sets memorial flights, dinner fundraiser

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome will debut its freshly restored World War I Albatros replica on May 24, after a flying tribute to the Aerodrome founders that morning.

Starting at 7am, model builders will converge on the airfield on Norton Road to launch their rubber-powered model airplanes in memory of Cole and Rita Palen. The model flying will take place until 3:30pm, at which time the Aerodrome unveils its restored 1917 Albatros D.Va fighter plane, which will make its debut flight.

The action then moves into the History of Flight museum building for the second-annual fundraising dinner to benefit the Aerodrome’s Endowment Fund. Dinner, for $30 per person, will consist of a choice of pulled pork or smoked chicken, corn bread, coleslaw and baked beans, with coffee and dessert. There will also be silent and live auctions and a screening of a film from the museum’s archives.

Tickets available at the door, but seating is limited, so call the Aerodrome in advance at 845-752-3200, or email Carol@oldrhinebeck.org.

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