MAN @ the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome — 50th Anniversary WW1 RC Jamboree

MAN @ the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome — 50th Anniversary WW1 RC Jamboree

For anyone involved in RC for any length of time, there are those events that instantly come to mind when you think about our hobby. Perhaps the most famous of them all is the annual WW1 RC Jamboree hosted by the Mid-Hudson R/C Society club. The venue is of course the world famous Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome where time has stood still all because of a man named Cole Palen. Because of his love of vintage WW1 and earlier aircraft, the aerodrome has been the home base for many classic and rare aircraft since the mid 1960.

This past weekend (Sept. 10 – 11), the RC Jamboree turned 50 and many of the modelers who have flown at the event over the years, and several who where at the very first Jamboree were there. With well over 200 aircraft and about 3000 spectators, this year’s Jamboree also featured the well loved “Mission” event. Stay tuned for more photos and information on this amazing once in a lifetime extravaganza of WW1 fun and excitement!

Photos by Tim Haggerty & Xavier Mouraux


Sal Calvagna’s 16 foot Sikorsky Illya Muroments on its test flight.


My 1/3-scale Triplane in Cole Palen colors. For a video check out:


The AMA awarded the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome a special “Historical Site” award at the 50th Anniversary.


Sal with his impressive Sikorsky bomber. Me doing a photo bomb in the background! Sal won the Spirit of Rhinebeck award!


Flightline looking left.


Right side of the flightline


Greg Hahn showing off his 14 foot span German Gotha Bomber


Futaba Orange worn by out friends and flying buddies, Dan Landis (left) and Greg Hahn.


Reloading bombs on the Gotha


Greg Hahn won Best in Show with his impressive WW1 strategic bomber!


Half Scale was there in a big way this year. Several 50%ers showed up including these two Nieuports by Keith Zimmerly (white shirt and hat). Ben Haggerty (left) helps fly the planes in realistic formation flights!


Everywhere you looked there was loads of detail. Here a peak at Rich Fieroldi’s Italian Ansaldo SV


1/3 scale Fokker Triplane, in seldom seen, (for a triplane), German Lozenge camo scheme.


Updated: September 13, 2016 — 12:03 PM


  1. Glad to see a few of my pictures on this page

  2. Well beyond my experience and capability! As a lifelong aero modeler, flyimg in this was my goal. Not enough time, skill, and now not enough years. How can anyone achieve this level.of craftsmanship and skill!

  3. Wow, my family surely missed a great event this year. When Cole was still with us, I would bring my young son up from Centre County, PA every September. We hope to make a return trip next year. It takes a lot of hard work to pull this event off so thanks to all who make it possible.

  4. Superlatives cant do this level of skill justice.

  5. I love your triplane I followed your build and built one of my own. I really love this plane . I used a dj 85 cc, for the price it’s a good running engine.I was at rhinebeck a couple years ago and had a great time .

  6. I flew there for a number of years with my Zirolli DR-1 powered with a Q35,wonderful place and memories


    You Tube video of one my flights with the Triplane taken in 1989

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