This is the Old Rhinebeck's airstrip. Look at the comparatively modern Piper Cub. Ever seen one painted red instead of yellow?
Our Group visits Hanger No. 1. Let's see what's there.
This is a replica of an Octave Chanute glider. Chanute was a Wright Brothers mentor.
Replica of the Wrights' first aeroplane
Replica of a Wright propeller. The Wrights pioneered propeller design.
Replica of Santos Dumas' 1907 Damoiselle -- first successful European aeroplane.
Another look at the Demoiselle
1910 Short S-29 -- a rip-off of a Farman design.
A 1911 Nieuport. More advanced Nieuports would soon become the mainstay of the French Air Service.
Detail of the 1911 Nieuport's structure
A 1911 Wright Flyer named the Vin Fiz. See: http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi1914.htm
The Thomas-Morse, America's main (unsuccessful) attempt to create a WW-I fighter plane.
Rotary engine of the Thomas Morse
A 1910 Maxwell automobile
1914 Morane Saulnier "N" fighter. How did its forward firing machine gun not destroy the propeller? See next picture ...
... the black wedge caught and deflected any bullet headed toward the propeller. Fokker would later find a way to stop the gun from firing as the propeller passed by.
Replica of the 1912 Deperdussin racing plane, first to exceed 100 mph.
On the side of the Deperdussin fuselage: "The most famous aeroplane in the world!"
Cleret 9B rotary engine (i.e.: the engine rotates about a stationary shaft, thus cooling itself.)
The 1907 Renault V-12 air-cooled airplane engine, soon to be improved upon.
This 1918 liquid-cooled Hispano-Suiza engine powered some of the best fighters late in WW-I.
The 1918 Siemens-Schuckert D-III -- excellent German fighter late in WW-I, but troubled by engine overheating.
Replica of the famed Fokker DR1 Triplane -- not as good as its reputation.
Detail of the Fokker Triplane's 9-cylinder rotary engine,
Why this vintage washing machine? To clean the fabric used as the aeroplane's skin.
Our group in Hanger 2. Our guides are Mark Mondello, second from right, and Marion Love in period uniform on the right.