USS Intrepid, Hudson River, New York, USA

USS Intrepid is an inactive aircraft carrier, WW2 vintage which has been turned into a museum. For some of us, this will be as close as we get to walking on the deck of a live US aircraft carrier. It is an interesting place to be. The carrier is very close to where the Hudson River miracle happened - the A320 that had to crash land into the river about a year ago.

There are about 20 unique aircraft standing tethered on the flight deck and again, the American know how to inform - each aircraft has it's own signboard with details of the particular aircraft. Most of these aircraft have been here for a while and each one has it's own story. Probably half of these aircraft I have never seen so for me, it was interesting.

The hangar deck is full of more interesting aircraft and artifacts. One of the huge brass props from the carrier stands on this deck. Another very interesting object is the Lego version - 1/40th scale of the USS Intrepid built with 250,000 pieces - pretty awesome!

Well worth a visit when you next are in New York. All photos taken with my Canon 60D and 18-135mm lens.

Intrepid_001 - USS Intrepid a permanent floating museum in New York on the Hudson River Intrepid_002 - USS Intrepid a permanent floating museum in New York on the Hudson River Intrepid_003 - Grumman F9F-8 Cougar Intrepid_004 - General Dynamics F-16 Falcon Intrepid_005 - Lockheed A-12 Blackbird - this particular aircraft served as a radar test example in early 1962 Intrepid_006 - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - was the 7th Tomcat built Intrepid_007 - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - was the 7th Tomcat built Intrepid_008 - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - was the 7th Tomcat built Intrepid_009 - Grumman A-6F Intruder Intrepid_010 - Grumman A-6F Intruder Intrepid_011 - Vought F-8K Crusader Intrepid_012 - Vought F-8K Crusader Intrepid_013 - McDonnell F3H-2N Demon Intrepid_014 - Grumman F11F Tiger - this version was a Blue Angels no. 5 aircraft from 1961 to 1963 Intrepid_015 - Sikorsky HH-52 Seaguard Intrepid_016 - Sikorsky HH-52 Seaguard Intrepid_017 - Sikorsky H04S-3G Chickasaw Intrepid_018 - Bell AH-1J Sea Cobra Intrepid_019 - Bell AH-1S Cobra Intrepid_020 - Bell UH-1A Huey Intrepid_021 - MIG 15 (Chinese built and Russian colours during the Korean War) Intrepid_022 - MIG 17 (painted in the colours of the  North Vietnamese Air Force) Intrepid_023 - MIG 21 (Colours of the Polish Air Force) Intrepid_024 - Dassault Etendard IV M Intrepid_025 - Supermarine F.1 Scimitar Intrepid_026 - Israel Aircraft Industries Kfir Intrepid_027 - Aermacchi MB-339 - represented in the colours of the Freece Tricolori Intrepid_028 - British Aerospace AV-8C Harrier Intrepid_029 - a general view of the flight deck Intrepid_030 - BA Concorde G-BOAD Intrepid_031 - a view of the island as it is called where operations were run from Intrepid_032 - a general view of the flight deck Intrepid_033 - in the summer of 2012, Intrepid will get the shuttle Enterprise from the Smithsonian Intrepid_034 - Intrepid's bell Intrepid_035 - one of Intrepid's propellors Intrepid_036 - an Avenger in the hangar deck Intrepid_037 - a North American Aviation FJ-3 Fury in the hangar deck Intrepid_038 - Douglas A-4B Skyhawk Intrepid_039 - this is how some of the crew slept Intrepid_040 - kids get to feel how it is to fly a helicopter Intrepid_041 - Avenger on the hangar deck Intrepid_042 - a 1/40th scale replica of the Intrepid in Lego - some 250,000 pieces were used to build it Intrepid_043- a 1/40th scale replica of the Intrepid in Lego - some 250,000 pieces were used to build it Intrepid_044- a 1/40th scale replica of the Intrepid in Lego - some 250,000 pieces were used to build it Intrepid_045- a 1/40th scale replica of the Intrepid in Lego - some 250,000 pieces were used to build it Intrepid_046 - on the dockside looking up at the aircraft carrier Intrepid_047 - Concorde on the dockside Intrepid_048 - underneath the Concorde Intrepid_049 - a piece of the World Trade Centre stands behind the stern of the Intrepid Intrepid_050 - USS Growler - a submarine which is part of the exhibition