Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
For all fans of airplanes and warships, the Museum sits on the Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid, which completes 75 years in 2018. USA National Historic Landmark, Intrepid was used in the Second World War, in the Cold War, and the Vietnam War.
Today anchored in Pier 86, Hudson River impresses visitors by its dimensions. Four fixed exhibitions are part of the museum; they are:
Intrepid Aircraft Carrier
-Flight Deck: More than twenty original fighter planes, helicopters, and restored and their stories.
Featured is the hunting Blackbird 1967, which flew at 80,000 feet and was able to photograph the enemy area, unprecedented fact at the time. No other plane could fly at that altitude, much less, shoot down the Blackbird.
-Gallery Deck: Combat Information Center (CIC) with radar and communication equipment and Squadron Ready Room, where the military pilots received the last instructions before takeoff.
-Hangar Deck: Film on the History of Intrepid, the multimedia exhibition “Kamikaze Day of Darkness, Day of Light, “regarding the 25th of November 1944, when the Intrepid was struck by two Japanese kamikazes’ planes, killing 69 crew members and testimony of the Single survivor.
-Third Deck: Crew Accommodation
Part of the exhibition since 1989, it is the only submarine, used in American Army operations open to public visitation.
We can see it in the control area and central attacks outside the missile firing area on the front and back of the submarine. The kitchen and crew area can also be visited.
I did not feel very well inside the submarine, maybe because I was pregnant, but was so tight and smells so strong, that it makes me nervous even just thinking about being submerged in one of those!!! Thanks a lot for the experience, but I don’t need to visit another submarine soon =)
British Airways Concorde
We can admire the legendary Concorde G-BOAD supersonic aircraft, which flew between 1976 and 2001 when the Concorde stopped operating. Incredible how to hit Mach 2, 2,500 km/h or twice the speed of sound, and fly between Europe and the United States in less than 3 hours.
The children were very impressed when we told then that from Concorde was possible to observe the curvature on Earth at cruising altitude and fly faster than the movement of Earth rotation. This change the History of commercial aviation. To see the Concorde inside, you need to take a guided tour.
Space Shuttle Pavilion
Since 2012, Space Shuttle Enterprise, prototype of the NASA probe belongs to is exposed in the museum. Divided into 17 parts, with objects, audios, and original photos of the space operation.
Veterans Day and Memorial Day
Every year, ceremonies and honorable mentions, in homage to the more than 250 soldiers who lost their lives on board, bring families from all over the country.
The museum has a program for military families and war veterans.
What’s best for kids here?
The “Exploreum” is an interactive exhibition dedicated to children and young people with a Helicopter, Interactive Submarine, and LEGO Intrepid! Amazing!
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Pier 86, West 46th St & 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Adult ticket $ 33 and children from 5 to 12 years old $ 24.
Open from April to October; during the week, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Weekends and holidays until 6:00 pm.
In the winter, from November to March, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day.
The museum closes for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
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