The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The hangar deck. Hell’s Kitchen. The Intrepid had a crew of 3000. Some worked on the flight deck and the deck’s ‘island’ but most worked below deck. When the temperature below deck would rise, many of the crew would get in front of this huge fan, flick a switch and cool off. This practice was stopped however due to the number of men blown out to sea through the emergency doors (see bottom photo).

If you believe this, I have a bridge on the lower east side connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn for sale… The above is actually one of the four Intrepid’s screws (propellers). These screws would move massive amounts of water in order to propel the ship through the seas.

By the way, speaking of the Brooklyn Bridge, keep following my blog as I eventually visit all of the bridges connecting Manhattan to the rest of the world.

Inside the Hangar Deck. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Hell’s Kitchen. The hangar deck is massive (think shopping mall). It sits below the flight deck and served as a ‘garage’ for the Intrepid’s aircraft. These days, it serves as a comfortable place to check out endless exhibits away from the heat, cold, rain, snow, (you name it), on the flight deck. (No complaints the day I visited the museum, the weather was NYC perfect). As you walk the museum, it’s hard to believe that everything you see is in the hull of a huge ship on the Hudson.

Inside the Hangar Deck. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Hell’s Kitchen. The hangar deck is massive (think shopping mall). It sits below the flight deck and served as a ‘garage’ for the Intrepid’s aircraft. These days, it serves as a comfortable place to check out endless exhibits away from the heat, cold, rain, snow, (you name it), on the flight deck. (No complaints the day I visited the museum, the weather was NYC perfect). As you walk the museum, it’s hard to believe that everything you see is in the hull of a huge ship on the Hudson.

The Hangar Deck. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Hell’s Kitchen. Many people think the planes that are on the flight deck are the only ones on the carrier at that particular time. Actually most of the planes, jets and helicopters are stored on the carrier’s hangar deck. Once an aircraft has landed, or is about to take off, an elevator moves the craft to the appropriate deck (good thing those wings fold)! In the photo above you can see the elevator (it has a plane with a red tail) on the flight deck about to bring the craft down to the hangar deck.

The Hangar Deck. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Hell’s Kitchen. Many people think the planes that are on the flight deck are the only ones on the carrier at that particular time. Actually most of the planes, jets and helicopters are stored on the carrier’s hangar deck. Once an aircraft has landed, or is about to take off, an elevator moves the craft to the appropriate deck (good thing those wings fold)! In the photo above you can see the elevator (it has a plane with a red tail) on the flight deck about to bring the craft down to the hangar deck.

The Space Shuttle Pavilion. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Hell’s Kitchen. The Pavilion has lots of displays with information regarding not only the shuttle program but space exploration history as well. The above displays offer information about:

  1. The space shuttle Enterprise’s trip from JFK airport to it’s current location on the Intrepid.
  2. Years of intensive engineering behind the space shuttles and their prototype Enterprise.
  3. A Russian Soyuz capsule. (I can’t imagine two toddlers in this tiny capsule much less two grown men)!
The Restoration Tent. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Hell’s Kitchen. On the Flight Deck is a large tent which houses the restoration area. From a simple paint job to major mechanical work, the people doing this work rely heavely on museums and intelligence provided by the various branches of the U.S. military. In the above photo, you can see a restorer working on the belly of a Vought F-8K Crusader 1957. The Crusader was the first aircraft to break the sound barrier on it’s maiden voyage. This jet would become the fastest aircraft ever to be assigned to operate on the Intrepid. (There are faster jets currently on display, however they never flew on or off the Intrepid’s Flight Deck.
One more note: All of the restoration volunteers, like the one above, are just that…volunteers. They do it for the love of the work and their country’s history.

The Restoration Tent. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Hell’s Kitchen. On the Flight Deck is a large tent which houses the restoration area. From a simple paint job to major mechanical work, the people doing this work rely heavely on museums and intelligence provided by the various branches of the U.S. military. In the above photo, you can see a restorer working on the belly of a Vought F-8K Crusader 1957. The Crusader was the first aircraft to break the sound barrier on it’s maiden voyage. This jet would become the fastest aircraft ever to be assigned to operate on the Intrepid. (There are faster jets currently on display, however they never flew on or off the Intrepid’s Flight Deck.

One more note: All of the restoration volunteers, like the one above, are just that…volunteers. They do it for the love of the work and their country’s history.