A museum built on water and a step back in time is what the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum offers its visitors. Within its walls, you will be transported back in time as you look through its collection of ships, artifacts, aircrafts, and spacecrafts. The Museum was commissioned in honor of the war heroes as well as a means to inspire and educate the public. In a nutshell, the museum enables its visitors to become a part of the military and maritime history.
Located at Pier 86 at 46th street on the West Side of Manhattan, the magnificent Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museums awaits to showcase its exhibits to eager visitors. The USS Intrepid which is the center of New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum had been around for ages since the World War II when it first came into the limelight. It was dubbed as “Fighting I” in the Pacific in World War II after surviving a number of bomb hits as well as kamikaze. The ship has a number of combat records attached to her name, she sank two Japanese battleships and several other vessels, destroyed over 600 enemy aircraft. She served three combat tours in Vietnam and twice as a NASA Prime Recovery vessel for the manned space program before being retired in 1974.
In 1978, the Intrepid was on its way to getting scrapped when Zachary Fisher, a prominent New York real estate developer and philanthropist together with journalist Michael Stern, managed to save it from its fate. The Intrepid ended its career in the wars, but was saved because another career was envisioned for it, becoming a historic feature for inspirational as well as educational purposes, in addition to honoring heroes. It led to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum opening its doors to the public in 1982.
Since the opening of the museum in 1982, it has seen millions of visitors. The Intrepid flight deck has over 30 aircraft that represent all of the US armed services in addition to those of the French, British and Soviet jet Fighters. Among the aircraft collections is the A-12 Blackbird that was flown by the CIA throughout the Cold War. The museum is a display of evolution in military technology as it showcases permanent and rotating exhibits on the Intrepid hanger deck that depict the technology’s past, present and future.
If you are looking for a museum that has a collection of foreign aircraft from Italy, Israel, Poland, Russia and France, as well as the US Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard aircraft, then the Intrepid is the place to visit. Its newest addition, the Space Shuttle Enterprise called the Museum home in 2011. It was the first Space Shuttle orbiter that was built for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) as part of the Space Shuttle program set to perform test flights in the atmosphere. It unfortunately never got to fly in space since it was constructed without engines or a functional heat shield.