Wednesday 14 June 2006, 8:41 am
Wednesday June 14
Today we visited the
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
on the Hudson River in New York City.
It is an aircraft carrier that was used in World War II and survived
five kamikaze attacks, two on the same day. She was used in the
1960s to pick up Mercury and Gemini capsules, and in the 1970s
she became part of the "Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club" as she served
The Museum also includes a Concorde airplane that was disappointing
because, while you could go inside, you can't actually go down the
aisle or sit down in the nice leather seats. It also includes
a submarine, the "Growler," that we didn't tour because we would
have had to wait for the next guided tour and we were too tired.
There are also, on the flight deck and in the hangar deck, about
two dozen aircraft of the type launched from here over a 30-year
period. You could look at the outsides of the planes and read
about the distincitve features of each, but you can't really see
inside them or get that close to them.
We were tired today after having got up so early yesterday, been
sick, etc. so we gave up early today.