[box_light]We Revisit The Intrepid[/box_light]
In 2012 I did an article on the Intrepid for IMPress and you can see it here. That article gives you some of the history and its accomplishments in World War II.
Launched in 1943, the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid fought in World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. The ship later served in the Cold War and Vietnam. Intrepid also served as a NASA recovery vessel in the 1960s. Intrepid was decommissioned in 1974. Today, Intrepid is berthed on the Hudson River as the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
The Intrepid is one of the most seen attractions in New York City. A must on every visitors list and one of the most popular museums in the world. In New York it has become a favorite of local and international visitors and a photographers favorite.
After our cruise on Circle Line 42nd St, we walked to the Intrepid which was the equivalent of 3 city blocks. My grandson Reid was getting tired after our relaxing cruise to the Statue of Liberty so we didn’t have as much time to visit the entire ship. However we did get an opportunity to see all the planes that made history from the United States and some from other countries.
I always thought that these fighter planes were much larger than they actually were. After all when we see them in the movies, the do appear larger than life. Here are some of the photos I shot of these history making fighters.
[box_light]Board The Ship And See[/box_light]
The Flight Deck
Where they can get up-close look at nearly two dozen aircraft, visit the restoration tent and take a walk through history on Intrepid’s island and bridges.
The Gallery Deck
Located between the Flight Deck and Hangar Decks, the Gallery Deck features the Combat Information Center, Pilot Ready Room and Marine berthing.
The Hangar Deck
A great place to start your visit and our main indoor exhibit space, the hangar Deck takes you through both the hardware and humanity of Intrepid.
Check out the ship’s galley, newly opened Berthing Areas, 1960?s – recreated Mess deck, and enjoy lunch or a snack at Au Bon Pain Cafe.
The newly reopened Space Shuttle Pavilion showcases the space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for the space shuttle program. Seventeen dynamic exhibit zones feature original artifacts, photographs, audio, and films that immerse visitors in the science and history of Enterprise and the space shuttle era.
Growler first opened at the Intrepid Museum in 1989 and is the only American strategic missile submarine open to the public. Growler offers museum visitors a firsthand look at life aboard a submarine and a close-up inspection of the once “top-secret” missile command center.
The fastest Atlantic crossing by any Concorde occurred on February 7, 1996 and took only 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds. This record-breaking plane — the Concorde Alpha Delta G-BOAD — is yours to explore at the Intrepid Museum complex on our Pier 86.
[box_light]So Much To See Not Enough Time[/box_light]
There was so much to see, but we just didn’t have enough time. It generally takes between 2- 3 hours to have the full Intrepid experience. Unfortunately, it was a hot day, Reid was sleeping on my son Andrew’s shoulder (he forgot to bring the stroller) and everyone was yelling at me to go :-). I kept telling them, “one more shot, one more shot,” until I realized they were half way back to our car.
I hope that this article as sparse as it might be of information will excite you with the photos and the links to the Intrepid’s website and you will visit this exciting museum. Just be sure to plan enough time to go through the entire ship. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, bring some refreshments and plan to spend the better part of the day exploring all the decks on the ship and experiencing some of the new features of this exciting and educational museum.
The Intrepid is located at
Ticket Information – Check the internet and their website for special offers.
Visitor Guidelines – Remember this is a security sensitive area, so everything you bring with you is subject to inspection.
Guided Tours – $20 per adult, $15 per senior (62+ w/valid ID) / child/youth (3-17)
(price does not include general admission)
Summer Evenings – They host Movie Nights on the flight deck. Most recently they were showing Disney’s Frozen perfect for the entire family.
Summer Nights – Operation Slumber...check this out, what a great experience sleeping on board the Intrepid