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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

USS Intrepid

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is definitely worth a visit.

We'd both been to The Intrepid, but not recently.  I've wanted to go back for awhile now, since April 2012.

April 27, 2012 -- the USS Enterprise Space Shuttle was flown on the back of a jet from Washington, DC to NYC.  Those of us on the 30th floor of a certain office building in Jersey City were lucky enough to see the flyby, and lucky enough to see the Enterprise floating on the Hudson River on a barge on its way to the Intrepid a few weeks later.

The Enterprise is housed in a pavilion on the flight deck.  There's a photo display saluting the cast of Star Trek -- fans of the show were influential in having the shuttle named, and the cast was invited to the ship's christening.  There are displays about the whole shuttle program, and there's a display about the Hubble telescope -- some truly incredible photos.

Drew took a tour of the Growler, a submarine, but it was too claustrophobic for me.

We spent a lot of time on the Hangar Deck, lots off  hands-on exhibits about the ship its history and functions.  We also checked out the 4D theater one of the many simulators on board -- this one simulates a roller coaster ride.  Lots of fun.

The best part of the museum is the flight deck, with its display of airplanes and helicopters.  /drew ventured up to the ship's bridge.

We ended our day with a visit to the Concorde, housed on the pier.   Pity they're not flying anymore.
Here's the Concorde:  photo S5033282.jpg photo S5033284.jpg photo S5033283.jpg this one's Israeli photo S5033281.jpg A few more  photo S5033280.jpg photo S5033276.jpg photo S5033272.jpg photo S5033273.jpgThe ship's bridge photo S5033269.jpgJersey City in the distance  photo S5033263.jpgTheEnterprise photo S5033261.jpg photo S5033259.jpg photo S5033254.jpg photo S5033255.jpg photo S5033253.jpg photo S5033252.jpg photo S5033244.jpg Lego model of the ship photo S5033235.jpg photo S5033234.jpg photo S5033237.jpg photo S5033236.jpg

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