Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome – Up up and away

I visited the aerodrome on a weekday and I knew the airshows were only on weekends. So I didn’t expect to see anything flying.

But then I heard the sound of an engine and hurried over towards the runway just in time to see this New Standard D-25 taxi out and take off.

According to Aircraft in Focus:

The New Standard D-25 was a large single-engined biplane designed expressly for joy-riding passengers. First flown in 1929, it was distinguished by being able to fit four passengers into its capacious front cockpit, meaning more fun and profit for barnstorming ride-sellers. It was also easy to fly and relatively cheap to maintain. Only 45 were ever built, but they acquired an outsize reputation and a high proportion of them still exist, with at least a few still selling rides just as they did in the 1930s.

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Operated by Hudson Valley Air Tours out of Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, the constant roar of this D-25 makes a great contribution to the atmosphere of ORA.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome – Golden Age Hangar. Fairchild 24.

According to The Museum of Flight:

The Fairchild F-24 is a truly classic aircraft in its field. Built in the 1930s and 1940s as an economical and easy-to-fly touring aircraft, the F-24 became the plane of choice for many Hollywood stars including Robert Taylor, Tyrone Power, Mary Pickford, and Jimmy Stewart. When the U.S. entered World War II, Fairchild’s production line was diverted to the military and the F-24 became the Army UC-61 Forwarder light utility transport and Royal Air Force’s “Argus.” Civilian versions of the planes were also pressed into service. After the war, the manufacturing rights were sold to Temco, which built 280 additional F-24s to bring the total number to about 1,800 planes.

Long-nosed “Rs” and Stubby “Ws”

Fairchild F-24s were produced with two different types of engines which give each a distinctive appearance. Some, including the Museum’s example, have Warner “Super Scarab” radial engines. These planes, called F-24Ws, have stubby noses housing the round engine with pistons oriented around a central crankshaft. The others, called F-24Rs, have Ranger in-line engines. These engines have their pistons in a line front-to-back and allowed a more streamlined look to the long-nosed F-24R versions.

The Museum’s F-24 was built in Hagerstown, Maryland in early 1941 and purchased by famous ventriloquist Edgar Bergan. Bergan sold the plane to the president of a Spokane radio station and it was acquired for Army use in 1943. After the war, it flew with many private owners until it was purchased and restored by Ragnar Pettersson in 1981. Pettersson donated the F-24 to the Museum in 1985

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

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Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome – Golden Age Hangar. Morane-Saulnier MS.130

According to the Military History Encyclopedia on the Web:

The Morane-Saulnier M.S.130 was a parasol wing trainer that saw most use with the French navy. It was developed from the M.S.53, itself an improved version of the M.S.50. The M.S.50 was similar to the M.S.35, a training aircraft originally developed in 1915. This first aircraft had a straight parasol wing. The M.S.50 had a straight wing with an improved aerodynamic profile and round tips. The M.S.53 of 1924 had a sweptback parasol wing, described by Morane-Saulnier as being ‘autostable’. It was followed in 1925 by the M.S.129, which had a more powerful 180hp Hispano-Suiza engine.

The M.S. 130 appeared in 1926. It had a sweptback ‘autostable’ parasol wing, a carefully contoured fuselage (built around a rectangular frame that was faired out to produce the curved shape), and a yet more powerful engine, using an uncowled 230hp Salmson 9Ab radial. The M.S.50. M.S.53 and M.S.129 had sold in small numbers, but the M.S.130 was rather more successful. A total of 145 aircraft were built, with most going to the French navy, where they were used at naval air training centres from 1927 until 1935. The French military aviation service ordered a small batch, fifteen were sold to Brazil, two to Belgium, and the type also sold to China, Guatemala and Turkey.

A number of variants were produced, mostly by fitting an alternative engine to the basic design (see list below and separate articles). The second M.S.130 was given a modified undercarriage in 1929 (as later used on the M.S.230) and entered in the 1929 Coupe Michelin air race. Two further M.S.130s were later converted to the M.S.230 standard.

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Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome – Golden Age Hangar. 1930 Austin 7

According to Wikipedia:

The Austin 7 is an economy car that was produced from 1922 until 1939 in the United Kingdom by Austin. It was nicknamed the “Baby Austin” and was at that time one of the most popular cars produced for the British market and sold well abroad. Its effect on the British market was similar to that of the Model T Ford in the US, replacing most other British economy cars and cyclecars of the early 1920s. It was also licensed and copied by companies all over the world. The very first BMW car, the BMW Dixi, was a licensed Austin 7, as were the original American Austins. In France they were made and sold as Rosengarts. In Japan, Nissan also used the 7 design as the basis for their first cars, although not under licence. This eventually led to a 1952 agreement for Nissan to build and sell Austins in Japan under the Austin name.

Many Austin 7s were rebuilt as “specials” after the Second World War, including the first race car built by Bruce McLaren, and the first Lotus, the Mark I.

Such was the power of the Austin 7 name that the company re-used it for early versions of the A30 in 1951 and Mini in 1959

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.