This month, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, the renowned Rhinebeck museum of World War I and other pioneering aircraft, kicks off its 57th season. Visitors can watch vintage planes fly during weekend air shows, check out aircraft displays and other memorabilia in the museum’s four buildings, or hop in a biplane for a ride.
Big news this year: A faithful reproduction of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis — the single engine, single-seat monoplane flown solo by the aviator from New York to Paris in 1927 — is now on view at the aerodrome. About 20 years in the making, it is the first aircraft reproduction started and completed at the site since 1992. On May 21, the 89th anniversary of Lindbergh’s flight, the monoplane makes its first public flight at about 5:30 pm. In celebration, the museum hosts a full slate of special events throughout the day, including an appearance by Reeve Lindbergh, the aviator’s daughter. $8-$12 weekdays, $12-$25 weekends. Rhinebeck. 845-752-3200; www.oldrhinebeck.org