Winter's Warner- Fokker Dr.I at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

© 1986 Jeffrey D Millman

One of Old Rhinebeck's Fokker Dr. I Triplanes (N2009R).

Back in the good old day at the " Drome", many of the World War I aircraft didn't have brakes. When they landed, the ground crew would line up on the field to prevent the aircraft from ground looping ! The Fokker Dr.I was prone to ground loop!

I believe this Tripe was built by Bill Winter with a 165 hp Warner Scarab engine. They were filming a video and Top Gun USN Commander Pilot C. J Heatley taking his first flight in this aircraft. Heatley lost control on take off. From what I read, instead of concentrating while on his take off run he waved to the people on the ground, lost control ,hitting the power line and crashed unharmed with only cuts and bruises.The wreck was kept for some time in the museum. Cole Palen 1967 Tripe with rotary engine was flown for about 20 years.

 

Cole Palen's Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome group

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Taken circa 1986