Air Craft Carrier USS Intrepid
Air Craft Carrier USS Intrepid
This Essex Class aircraft carrier was one of America's most effective military vessels. Along with her 23 sister ships, the USS Intrepid formed the backbone of the United States Navy and its commitment to securing peace and freedom.
Throughout the Pacific Campaign of World War II, the USS Intrepid suffered seven bomb attacks, five kamikaze strikes and one torpedo hit; yet the ship continually returned to action after repairs, earning her the reputation among the enemy as "The Ghost Ship."
After World War II, the Intrepid underwent a modernization, enabling her new, angled flight deck to accommodate jet aircraft. During the 1960's, the Intrepid served as a primary recovery vessel for NASA, picking up both the Mercury and Gemini capsules.
After three tours of duty in Vietnam and tracking Soviet submarines during the Cold War as an ASW (antisubmarine warfare) ship, the Intrepid was officially retired in 1974.
A campaign led by the Intrepid Museum Foundation saved the ship from the scrap yard and led to the opening of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum as a symbol of peace and education in August 1982. Today, the Intrepid’s halls and decks have been converted into a learning experience at every turn.
The hangar deck houses three of the legendary aircraft types which originally flew from the Intrepid during World War II – an original TBM Avenger torpedo bomber, and replicas of an F6F Hellcat fighter and an SB2C Helldiver dive bomber.
On the flight deck and portside aircraft elevator, America’s modern military cutting edge is represented by a Navy F-14 Tomcat, an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, a Marine Corps aV-8C Harrier, and an A-12 Blackbird spy plane formerly in service with the CIA. During your visit, you’ll also find international air power on display with a British F-1 Scimitar, a French Entendard IV-M, and a Polish MiG-21.
The Intrepid’s helicopter collection includes two Vietnam-era UH-1 Hueys, a Marine Corps AH-1J Sea Cobra, and a fully restored Army AH-1G Cobra gunship.
Start as you walk along "vulture's row" where the crew would watch flight operations. This is one of the best areas to appreciate Intrepid's amazing length, as well as Manhattan's skyline.
Then head up to the Navigation Bridge and "take the helm," where you can learn how the crew of Intrepid would navigate the oceans in any weather, day or night. Stand over real chart tables, radar consoles and communications equipment.
Three elevators located at the center and at each side of the ship shuttled aircraft between the hangar deck and the flight deck. Today the hangar deck is divided in four major galleries.
In Navy Hall, step into the A-6 Cockpit simulator, or feel the power as you’re launched from a super carrier in “Intrepid Wings.” As you move aft into Intrepid Hall, you will step back into Intrepid’s history. Share the memories of wartime veterans in the documentary “Fighting I” and the new immersive Kamikaze Exhibit. Next is Michael Stern Hall, where rotating exhibits such as All Hands on Deck, and Prepare to Dive explore the history of aviation and maritime innovations. Lastly, M. Anthony Fisher Hall features a look at the latest developments in military & space technology. At the aft end of the hall, test your meddle in the flight simulators of the Virtual Flight Zone
Pictures and information were provided by Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
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