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.

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.

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