Cosmetic refurbishment now underway… December, 2016

1 Dec

We have been driving, demonstrating, giving rides in, and enjoying the Baker Electric at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome since it was mechanically put back into service, but the paint job and interior reached a point where they both definitely required some attention.
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Aerodrome volunteer Corey St. Pierre is heading up the project to restore the Baker to its original beauty, along with the help of Bob Bard, Stew Sommerville and Kurt Muller ( a few other dedicated Aerodrome volunteers, craftsmen and mechanics). The Aerodrome is thankful to have these generous and talented folks donating their time, but we still have expenses for materials, and are currently seeking donations for those.

In the meantime, Corey and the crew have done a wonderful job of stripping the paint (it was not the original finish…the car had been restored at least one time before), which was a tedious process. They have also removed the interior and are looking to match the fabrics and trim that were used on the original vehicle. Traces of these were found underneath the work that was done during the last restoration. The Baker should be done in time for our 2017 air show season, which will start in June. If you would like to support this project, please visit, click on “Other” and specify “Baker Electric.”  Thank you for your interest!







Awesome Foundation Trustees visit Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

16 Jul

Trustees from the Awesome Foundation, Hyunjin Kim, Jesse Chan-Norris and Angela Wu, visited the Aerodrome on opening weekend of airshows and went for a ride in the Baker Electric. While they were visiting they stayed to see a show and were given a tour of the Aerodrome’s facilities and latest projects. The trustees also went for a ride in the Aerodrome’s 1929 New Standard biplane to see the Hudson Valley from the air.  Our thanks to Hyunjin, Jesse and Angela for taking time from their busy schedules to visit, and for the Awesome Foundation’s support of the Aerodrome’s Baker Electric project.

Angela, Jesse and Hyunijin of the Awesome Foundation in the Aerodrome's Baker Electric.

Left to right; Angela, Jesse and Hyunjin of the Awesome Foundation drive past the Ryan hangar (home of the Aerodrome’s Spirit of St. Louis reproduction project) in the Aerodrome’s Baker Electric.


Hyunjin takes hold of the Baker’s tiller with Jesse at her side.

Members of the Awesome Foundation went for a ride in the Aerodrome's 1929 New Standard  and saw the mighty Hudson from the air.

Members of the Awesome Foundation went for a ride in the Aerodrome’s 1929 New Standard open-cockpit biplane and saw the mighty Hudson River from the air.

Baker appears in Interstate Batteries film clip

15 May

The Aerodrome’s Baker Electric came back into service at Old Rhinebeck thanks to a grant from the Awesome Foundation, and a donation of brand-new batteries from Interstate batteries. Here is a clip that was put together by Interestate Batteries that features the Baker.

We are looking forward to having members of the Awesome Foundation visit us at the start of our 2015 airshow season so we can take them for a country drive in the Baker.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome – Receiving International Attention!

4 Aug

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, home of the 1911 Baker Electric (the subject of this blog) was featured in an Associated Press by Michael Hill article this weekend. The article is titled, “WWI aviation still alive at aerodrome in New York” and you can easily find it on the internet by “googling” the title.

Here is a link to the related video :

Thank you AP for your coverage!

One Armed Man short film – Critically acclaimed!

4 Aug

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome's Baker Electric

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s Baker Electric

Last year the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s Baker Electric was used in a film called “The One Armed Man.” This short film stars Charlie Haid, Terry Kinney, and John Magaro. It was directed by Tim Guinee and written by Horton Foote.

The film was produced by: Executive Producer – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Producers – Tim Guinee, Hallie Foote, Bruno Michels, Associate Producer – Rex Camphuis and Line Producer – Ruben Garcia. Sadly Phillip Seymour Hoffman tragically died just as the film was being released.

The plot summary is: A wealthy cotton gin executive is confronted by a disgruntled former employee demanding the return of an arm lost in the gin’s machinery, in Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote’s chilling drama, One Armed Man.

Over the past several months the film has received critical acclaim and has won several film festivals, including the National Short Film Competition at the USA Film festival in Dallas, the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Delta International Film Festival in Mississippi, The Cape Fear Independent Film Festival in Wilmington, NC and the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX.

Many of Hollywood’s top actors have praised the film including Robert Duvall, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon, Melissa Leo, Ed Harris, Richard Dreyfuss, David Straitharin, Richard Jenkins, Mandy Patinkin, Brenda Blethyn, Aiden Quinn, Lucy Liu, Giancarlo Esposito and Gary Sinise among others.
Congratulations to the team who put this film together and thank you for using the Aerodrome’s Baker Electric in a starring role! For additional information about the film please visit

Latest Baker adventure…

2 Jan

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome participated in the popular Sinterklaas parade in the heart of Rhinebeck, NY just a few weeks ago and curious onlookers took notice of the silent operation of the vehicle. Aerodrome volunteer Sean Crimmins worked on the Baker to get the old headlamps working for the evening event. Sean drove in the parade along with musician Laura Wilson, Aerodrome Museum President Mike DiGiacomio and Mike’s son Anson.

The Aerodrome's Baker Electric participates in the 2013 Sinterklaas parade in Rhinebeck

The Aerodrome’s Baker Electric participates in the 2013 Sinterklaas parade in Rhinebeck

Photo courtesy of Mark Beaumont

Baker Electric to be a movie star!

5 Oct


The Aerodrome's Baker Electric on location for the film shoot of "The One Armed Man."

The Aerodrome’s Baker Electric on location for the film shoot of “The One Armed Man.”

The Baker Electric will make a starring appearance in a new film called, The One Armed Man. It was written by Horton Foote who won two Oscars for To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies. He also won a Pulitzer for his play The Young Man from Atlanta.

The film is short – about twenty minutes in length, and it was shot in mid-August.

The action takes place at a cotton gin in Texas in 1921. One of the characters, the gin owner, drives a car. Tim Guinee, who is involved in the production of the project, contacted the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome to arrange for use of the Baker Electric and the Aerodrome’s 1913 Excelsior Motorbike in the film. Sean Crimmins from the Aerodrome spent a full day with the crew at a remote location to get the shots needed to help transport viewers back in time.

The Aerodrome's Excelsior Motorbike on the set of "the One Armed Man"

The Aerodrome’s Excelsior Motorbike on the set of “the One Armed Man”

The Aerodrome's Excelsior Motorbike on exhibit at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.

The Aerodrome’s Excelsior Motorbike on exhibit at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.

Here is a link to “the One Armed Man” Facebook Page:

Here’s a link to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s Ground Vehicle collection:

Here’s a link the the Aerodrome’s group facebook page:

…and here’s a link to the Aerodrome’s official website.