Win­ners at the Old Rhinebeck Aero­drome Jam­boree

A must-at­tend event that should be on ev­ery­one’s RC bucket list

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WHEN IT COMES TO FUN and scale com­pe­ti­tion, few places mea­sure up to the sights, sounds, and am­bi­ence that is the WW I RC Jam­boree hosted by the Mid-Hud­son Ra­dio Control So­ci­ety at the world fa­mous Old Rhinebeck Aero­drome. Dur­ing the RC event, held on the sec­ond week­end in Septem­ber, the aero­drome cel­e­brated its 60th birth­day, while the Jam­boree it­self en­joyed its 52nd birth­day. Al­though the weather was un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally cold and gray, the spir­its were high up and down the run­way, lined with vin­tage bi­planes, fighters, and clas­sic aero­planes.

Start­ing on Fri­day (though there are sev­eral con­tes­tants that stay the en­tire week prior to the Jam­boree), this an­nual event sees the sod run­way shared by both RC scale air­planes as well as sev­eral of the full-size air­craft from the

Aero­drome’s his­toric col­lec­tion. The run­way is open for RC from 8:00 a.m. un­til 2:30 p.m., when the mag­i­cal full-size air­show kicks into high gear. The full-size air­show, a com­bi­na­tion of air­craft and vin­tage cars, trucks, and mo­tor­cy­cles, runs ev­ery week­end from June un­til Oc­to­ber, so there’s al­ways time to catch the act!

Each year, while the con­tes­tants pilot their im­pres­sive air­craft, sev­eral flight­line judges keep an eye on ev­ery­thing. Then just be­fore the start of the full-size air­show, im­pres­sive laser-cut wooden plaques are handed out. There are sev­eral scale cat­e­gories in which to com­pete, in­clud­ing the Mis­sion event, so there’s plenty of ac­tion for ev­ery­one. The Mis­sion event is not a white-knuckle high-pres­sure com­pe­ti­tion; it in­cludes three ba­sic tasks: a bomb drop, a bal­loon bust, and a sport land­ing. This year, the air­craft of choice seemed to be var­i­ous sizes of the Nick Ziroli–de­signed 3-chan­nel sportscale Taube. Flown on both days, the Mis­sion event runs while the other scale air­craft are in the air, so there’s al­ways a lot go­ing on. But the flight­line staff keeps ev­ery­one well in­formed, so there’s never any­thing to worry about. And ev­ery­one has a great time.

If you have never at­tended this amaz­ing week­end RC get-to­gether in Septem­ber, then you are re­ally miss­ing out. There’s plenty of air­craft to see, a com­plete mu­seum on top of the hill, and sev­eral rare avi­a­tion ar­ti­facts seen nowhere else. The WW I RC Jam­boree is ab­so­lutely a must-at­tend event and should be on ev­ery­one’s RC bucket list.

Best in Show win­ner Brian Perkins shows off his im­pres­sive air­plane and his beau­ti­ful laseren­graved award.

Some of the win­ners show off their awards and pose for the cam­era.

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