At Markhoff & Mittman, our New York City workers compensation lawyers appreciate mankind’s achievements regarding sea, air, and space. We recently visited the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum to view and learn about some of the country’s most famous and groundbreaking sea vessels, aircrafts, and space shuttles. Some of our favorite exhibitions included:
Aircraft Carrier Intrepid
The Intrepid served for over three decades, beginning with its launch in 1943. During World War II, this aircraft carrier survived five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. After World War II, the ship served during the Cold War and Vietnam War. During the 1960s, it served as a recovery vessel for NASA. Over 50,000 men served on the vessel during these three decades, and more than 270 of them lost their lives in service to their country. The Intrepid was decommissioned in 1974. Today, it’s on display on the Hudson River as the crown jewel of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.
Lovers of military history, airplanes, and large sea vessels can take a full tour of the carrier, including four decks:
- Flight Deck – On the flight deck, visitors can get up close and personal with over two dozen authentically restored aircraft and walk through the carrier’s historic island and bridges.
- Gallery Deck – The gallery deck is located between the flight deck and hangar deck. Features include the combat information center, squadron ready room, and marine berthing.
- Hangar Deck – The hangar deck is where most people begin their visit. It’s the main indoor exhibit space of the museum, and visitors can learn about the ship’s hardware and the people who served on it here.
- Third Deck – The third deck gives visitors a view into the life of ship crew members. It features a restored galley, enlisted mess, and crew berthing.
Space Shuttle Pavilion
The Space Shuttle Pavilion displays the original space shuttle Enterprise, which was the prototype NASA orbiter from the early days of the space shuttle program. The Pavilion features seventeen unique exhibit zones which include original artifacts, photographs, audio, and films which educate visitors on the science and history of the Enterprise and the space shuttle program.
We enjoyed an exhibit called StationLife: A Digital Exhibit by NASA. This exhibit is displayed on digital screens in the Space Shuttle Pavilion, and discusses contemporary scientific research on the station, along with past and future NASA missions.
Open to the public since 1989, the former USS Growler is the only American guided missile submarine on display for public view. Visitors to the Growler can enjoy a first-person view of life aboard a submarine and a close encounter with the formerly “top-secret” missile command center. A variety of different compartments are also accessible, and visitors can learn about how they were used while the Growler was still in operation. Some of these compartments include:
- Crew’s Mess
- Control Room & Attack Center
- Aft Torpedo Room
British Airways Concorde
The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum is home to the Concorde Alpha Delta G-BOAD – the plane which broke the record for the fastest Atlantic crossing by any Concorde in 1996. This plane crossed the ocean in just 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds. Lovers of aviation can explore this historic plane at the Intrepid museum complex on Pier 86.