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New York, New York Part II — Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

15 July 2009

New York, New York

When Visiting New York City (The Big Apple) there are several aviation sites that can be visited as this area was a hotbed of aviation development and manufacturing from the days just after the Wrights through the 1980s.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

40º 45’ 52” N / 73º 59’ 57” W

Recently repainted and redone lies the aircraft carrier turned museum — the USS Intrepid. Displays are on the flight deck as well as below in the hangar deck. Unusually, the lighting in the hangar deck is bright enough to not need a tripod though leaning against a support is advised, but the lighting is professionally done so as to best display the well restored exhibits. The history from WW II to the Vietnam War is well addressed.

The ship is located where W 47th St ends at the western shore of Manhattan. The website gives many options on getting there using mass transportation and a car is not really needed or desired as parking in Manhattan has its challenges. Entry fee is about $20 per adult, restroom facilities are plentiful, and there is a small café (the ship’s galley) on the hangar deck. As a bonus, the early Cold War submarine USS Growler is part of the museum.

Flight deck of the USS Intrepid and Lockheed A-12 "Blackbird" -- photo by Joe May

Flight deck of the USS Intrepid and Lockheed A-12 "Blackbird" — photo by Joe May

The aircraft on display are plentiful and there are several examples of the less common such as a Lockheed A-12 “Blackbird”, Concorde, McDonnell F3H Demon, Douglas F3D Skynight, Dassault Etendard IV, Israel Aircraft Industries Kfir and Supermarine F-1 Scimitar. Perhaps more common but also preserved in like new condition is a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-21, Grumman/Eastern TBM Avenger, Grumman E-1B Tracer, Piasecki HUP (UH-25 in the US Army) Retriever and dozens more.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 -- photo by Joe May

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 — photo by Joe May

Douglas F3D Skynight -- photo by Joe May

Douglas F3D Skynight — photo by Joe May

Walking about the two decks is delightful as there is plenty of room and the condition of the aircraft, as well as exhibits, are top notch. The TBM Avenger and HUP Retriever on the hangar deck, especially, are lit as if ready for a professional studio portrait. All of the MiGs on the flight deck have colorful livery that photograph especially well on a nice day. As a special bonus, one can walk through the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde, on the wharf, beginning aft and look onto the flight deck upon exiting.

TBM Avenger -- photo by Joe May

TBM Avenger — photo by Joe May

HUP Retriever -- photo by Joe May

HUP Retriever — photo by Joe May

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Marty Davis permalink
    15 July 2009 14:16

    Great images and explanatory text that makes me want to visit a few aviation museums!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      15 July 2009 17:34

      Thanks and I’ll be making more posts — probably on a weekly basis — likely a picture or two on their own as well.

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