Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Intrepid

I have been wanting to get to the Intrepid for ages now. Mom and I finally had a chance to get down there last weekend.  It's pretty awe inspiring to say the least. It's an old Air Force Carrier turned museum in the Hudson River in the City.  It is huge and it was considered a small carrier! It was built right after Pearl Harbor and it's amazing to think how many planes and soldiers it was once home to. 
 The flight deck is home to many fighter jets and helicopters and there was room for even more! You could walk around and look at the jets and you could even climb up into the control sections of the carrier and see where the operations were carried out from.
 We really learned so much. There was a video about the Intrepid's times of service and the flight deck was filled with exhibits and even more planes. There were sections about how women served during WWII and Vietnam and hands on exhibits about running and working on a carrier.
 We even saw a film about the numerous Kamikaze attacks on the ship during WWII. It's amazing that even after several direct hits the ship never sunk! It really is an amazing vessel! We also had a chance to see the old Mess, living quarters, and the anchor room. Did you know that one link on the massive chains attached to the anchors weights 150 pounds? Insane!
 And there was an awesome to scale model of the Intrepid make completely of legos! Down to the men working on deck and the guy drowning in the water! It was so cool!
And I will totally go back to the Intrepid since it will soon be home to a real life Space Shuttle! And we all know how obsessed I am with the space program!

6 thoughts on the matter:

La Principessa Errante said... {Reply}

The size is awe inspiring, I love the lego model!

tinajo said... {Reply}

Wow, this is the coolest place! Thanks for sharing! :-)

Lisa said... {Reply}
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Lisa said... {Reply}

Okay, it's early! I should have thought that one through before I hit comment ~and then I thought wait a minute...The Hudson is New York. Please don't hold any of that against me! No coffee and sleepless nights makes Lisa a dummy! :) LOL!

Love New York too!

Great Post!

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

Now, that I would LOVE to see! How cool to be able to visit and walk around at leisure. :)

I had always loved the sound of that word "Intrepid."

Glad you finally had a chance to visit the Intrepid.

sophie...^5 said... {Reply}

This is totally awesome...my Dad was an ace in WWII and when I see anything remotely connected to planes I get all verklempt. I never knew my Dad but I learned a lot about planes and the war from so many people and articles. seeing your pictures just adds to my memory collection. Thanks!