This blog has been created with the approval of Mike DiGiacomio, President of the Rhinebeck Aerodorme Museum. The museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax deductible. It is a “living museum” of early aviation history. Each weekend from mid-June through mid-October, the Aerodrome crew performs air shows using aircraft from their collection to demonstrate what aviation was like from the turn of the 20th century up through 1940. To add to the experience of bringing the audience back in time, early vehicles are used in the shows as well. In a typical show, visitors will see a 1917 Columbia Ambulance, 1913 Brewster Town Car, 1920 Buick Touring Car, 1919 Ford Model T Speedster, 1917 Indian Motorcycle, 1916 Packard Moving Van, 1918 Renault Light Tank, 1909 Renault Touring Car and others.
The shows begin with audience participation where visitors are encouraged to volunteer to model vintage fashions in a vintage fashion show. Our hostess describes the garments that the audience members model, and as a way of showing our appreciation, the models are given the opportunity to ride in a vintage automobile from our collection in the “Parade of Vintage Vehicles.”