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  •  I've seen the Blériot fly at Rhinebeck (5+ / 0-)

    It's flown with some regularity in their air shows (or was, the last I knew). Rhinebeck is a bit more of a ramshackle place than the British show and museum (as compared with the pictures and YouTube link above), but they do regular weekend airshows during the summer with many vintage aircraft (and have many more on static display indoors). Worth a visit if you ever get a chance.  The original owner Cole Palen died some years ago, yet the place continues on more or less as before. Unfortunately due to the regular flying, pieces of their collection have been damaged from time to time, but still, there's nothing like seeing these old airplanes take to the air (a much better experience than seeing them in a museum).

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