Pre-flight

4 Aug

An early aviator drives his 1911 Baker Electric up to his 1909 Bleriot to perform a pre-flight inspection:

Typical of what you might see on any given Saturday or Sunday at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in the summertime.

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1911 Baker Electric Participates in Red Hook Memorial Day Parade

29 May

We were honored to participate in the 2013 Red Hook Memorial Day Parade with our 1911 Baker Electric. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro was on hand to say a few words about the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made to keep us free. Here’s the video!

Video Footage of First Run

28 May

Aerodrome volunteer Philip Monteleoni captured the Baker on its first drive in over 10 years at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in these two film clips. Note the completely silent operation of the car.

More footage of the Baker in the 2013 Red Hook Memorial Day parade to follow…

SUCCESS!!!

22 May

On Friday, May 17,  the Baker pulled out of its winter storage hangar and workshop at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome under its own silent power with Sean Crimmins at the wheel…er…I mean tiller.  Videos to follow.

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Installing Batteries

22 Apr

Batteries April 2013 1
1st bank of batteries secured and wired in series. Still need the bottom braces, but 30 volts are ready for the 60 volt system.

Batteries April 2013 2
New meters to gauge the volt capacity and amp current mounted. Meters by Carl Verderber and faceplate by Derrick Baliqui-Smith.

Baker Project in the News!

1 Apr

We were pleased to see our Baker project included in today’s issue of the Daily Freeman. Here’s a link to the on-line version of the article:
http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2013/04/01/news/doc5158e8a45c101552682439.txt?viewmode=fullstory

More Good News…New Batteries, Meters and a New tire!

6 Mar

Last weekend we received a generous donation of batteries for the Baker from Chris Spano of Interstate Batteries!

New Batteries Chris Spano

Chris Spano from Interstate Batteries of Kingston, NY posing in front of the 1911 Baker Electric. Chris donated the 10 six volt batteries for the project to get the vehicle running for the Aerodrome’s 2013 season. At 250 amp-hours per battery, the car should be able to operate at full speed for three hours.

New batteries Interstate and Chris S

Here are the (10) six-volt, deep-cell batteries that will run the vehicle.

 

New meters Karl Vederber

Karl Verderber custom built new meters to monitor the Baker’s 60 volt capacity system, and is shown here placing the meters in the mounting location.

 

new tire

We purchased a new 3 X 30 tire, and here it is, ready to be mounted on the driver’s side of the 1911 Baker’s drive wheel.

New tire mounted

The new tire, fully mounted on the Baker.