Since I had walked over and saw the Intrepid sitting there in the Hudson River, I decided to pick a day and finally go see the rest of it. The ship itself started out on active duty during World War II. It was decommissioned in 1974 and became the basis of the Sea, Air and Space Museum in 1982 on the west side of NYC at 46th St. Other areas of the museum include the Growler sub (which I did not go on due to lines and a slight bit of claustrophobia), the Concorde (which you now have to schedule tours of), and the Space Shuttle Pavilion (which I did go into). We will split the entries into two: this first one will be the outside of the Intrepid, the surrounding areas, and the Space Shuttle Pavilion. The second will be the interiors of the Intrepid.
The view of the Intrepid from Pier 85.
It’s a bright sunny day for walking on an aircraft carrier.
It’s a lot larger up close.
The bow: kind of amazing how huge this is and that it doesn’t tip over.
The Growler Sub.
More of the Growler Sub.
The elevator/stairs to get to the top of the Intrepid.
Jet with a cityscape.
It’s not often you are able to get this view with an aircraft.
The front of a jet, focusing on the use of red.
An interesting paint job on a helicopter.
That is a bright paint job.
You’d think this was self explanatory.
The Enterprise – sadly you cannot go inside it.
It’s really large.
The jet exhaust end is covered. I would have liked to have seen it uncovered.
The bridge – we’ll go up it next week.
Large anti-aircraft guns.
A single gun.
The Concorde – you can eat under it.
A view from the rear of the Concorde.
The stern of the Intrepid and a lot of ropes to keep it there.
The 9/11 memorial at the end of pier 86.
Next week: Inside the Intrepid for machinery and more exhibits. Also some LEGOs!