In the Dutchess County Spotlight
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Spirit of St Louis Weekend 9/29 & 30
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome will open the doors to its Ryan Hangar on September 29 and 30 for the public to view progress on its Spirit of St. Louis reproduction. "Charles Lindbergh's epic flight from New York to Paris in 1927 earned a position in history as one of man's greatest achievements, said Old Rhinebeck Museum President, Michael DiGiacomio. "Our Spirit of St. Louis weekend will provide a rare chance to see this "work in progress" reproduction with much of its framework and structure still open to view," Mike explained.
The inspiration for the reproduction came to Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome founder, the late Cole Palen, when he acquired an original J-5 "Whirlwind" engine of the type that powered the Spirit across the Atlantic. Ken Cassens is the project leader and primary restoration specialist for the Spirit. "I have been involved with the restoration of the Spirit since its inception two decades ago," said Mr. Cassens. "It gives me great satisfaction to have Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome's Spirit project again underway and it is an honor for me to be personally guiding it toward its completion," Ken concluded.
Ken Cassens will be available in the Ryan Hangar to share details about his work on the Spirit. There will also be presentations by aerodrome staff and guests regarding its story and potential as a Hudson River Valley historical asset and attraction.
The museum and grounds, with four hangars full of more than 60 antique airplanes plus automobiles and related memorabilia, open at 10am. Thrilling air shows start at 2pm. Biplane rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $75 per person. Contact them at (860) 752-3200 or visit them at www.oldrhinebeck.org
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization.