Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome - An Aviation Must See

There are aviation museums and events around the United States that are on my "must see" list. So in conversations with friends and family these must see's come up often. To name a few.... the "big one" at Oshkosh, The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (downtown and at Dulles), National Museum of the U.S. Air Force... along with one of the places that I HIGHLY recommend be visited if you are a die hard aviation enthusiast or just a casual observer is Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. This grass airfield in rural New York will take you back to another time. Early aviation lives and flies there! I visited there in June of 2005 with my parents and my sisters family. Quite the scene to pull up on the vintage hangars and buildings full of aircraft from the 1910s thru the 1930s. A stroll around the grounds and watching the afternoon airshow will be a site you will never forget. So if in New York... GO!

Dan enjoying the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
I saw a bit of news a couple days ago. Old Rhinebeck is fundraising to rebuild their gift shop and model museum building after a fire last month. Read the article here on AvWeb.

Let's support the rebuild. Visit the donate page on the Old Rhinebeck site here.

Go and see the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome!!

Links - Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Vintage Aircraft Fly-In - Ranger, Texas

If you want to experience a grass roots, grass airfield, vintage aircraft fly-in at its best then plan to make the Ranger Airfield annual fly-in! The historic grass airfield is the perfect setting for a laid back day of vintage aircraft spotting. October 2-4, 2015 - Ranger, Texas

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Rimowa Fokker F-13 Replica

One of the cool announcements to come out of Oshkosh 2015 was that Rimowa, the luggage maker, would be offering Fokker F-13 replicas for sale. The Rimowa company has a dedicated web site for the project... click here for the full details.

Photo via Fast Company magazine

For the press from EAA at Oshkosh.... click here.

The EAA press states that it will cost about $2.2 Million... cruise at 86 knots... and be powered by a Pratt and Whitney 985.

For some press from FAST COMPANY magazine... click here.

I guess you will spend quite a bit of money to fly slowly... BUT you will be THE COOLEST airplane on the ramp at every airport you land at!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Cowtown T-6 Texan

In June, just as we pulled into the Propwash airport, a radial engine broke the silence and pealed off to land. My boy and I were on an outing to drop in on the Cowtown Aerocrafters hangar in Justin, Texas. We watched as Lanny Parcell and his son landed in the newly restored AT-6 Texan. The gang at Cowtown had this T-6 in storage for a long time and spent the last few years bringing it up to flying status. A fine T-6 now graces the skies over Texas. The glint off the polished skin will have you reaching for your sunglasses! On our visit preparations were being made for the big trip to Oshkosh. (Lanny and Tom Swindle made the trip up and back successfully.) Below are a series of photos from the visit in June.

Cowtown T-6 Gleaming in the Texas sun

Search for "Cowtown Aerocrafters" on Facebook to follow along on their restorations.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Central Texas Wing CAF - South Texas Trip

I am In review mode for this summers activities so posting more photos from a few months back. In June our family headed south for a good friends wedding near Austin. Brennen and I dropped Candice off for some outlet mall shopping (air conditioned!) while we headed out into the warm sunshine to check out a local airport. We drove around the San Marcos, Texas airport until we found the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangar. They have one COOL hangar! Big open hangar space and plenty of wooden beams with character. Equally eye catching is the variety of vintage aircraft on display. B-25, P-39, AT-6, Beech 18 and more! It was fun to run into a pilot from back in the Breckenridge Airshow days and catch up. If in the Austin/San Marcos area this is a great stop for the aviation enthusiast. Below is a series of photos highlighting the visit.

"Dad... that is NOT a REAL Zero!"

B-25 Mitchell "Yellow Rose"

P-39 Airacobra

Check out the cool hangar structure!

P-39 up close

Hangar overview

Plenty of aircraft on display!
Links - Central Texas Wing CAF - Commemorative Air Force

Are you a Warbird Airshow enthusiast? Check out the book Breckenridge Warbirds!