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Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

Where else in New York can you land a plane on an aircraft carrier via computer simulation, stand nose to nose with some of the fastest jets in the world, crawl through the hatches of a real life, top-secret submarine, experience the defense technology of the future and the past?
The Museum is comprised of the 900-foot long aircraft carrier USS Intrepid; the guided missile submarine, USS Growler; and the Vietnam era destroyer, USS Edson. Free celebrity audio tour and 15 minute film about flight deck operations 'Intrepid Wings.'

Built in 1943, the USS Intrepid and her crew have a distinguished history of service including tours of duty in both World War II and Vietnam. She also served as NASA prime recovery vessel before being retired in 1974. In 1982 the USS Intrepid began her second career as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Following a 2 year leave for restoration and renovation, the Intrepid Museum Complex reopened in November 2008 and now boasts new exhibits, interactive elements, newly opened areas of the ship and a completely restored aircraft collection, all along side the former USS Growler submarine and British Airways Concorde.
Her home at Pier 86, open to the public, has also been completely renovated and now features a welcoming, park-like atmosphere.

The new Intrepid Museum is a unique journey filled with spectacular interactive exhibits and virtual, multi-sensory technology. The Intrepid Museum is a dynamic adventure for visitors of all ages and offers group packages, member benefits, birthday parties, special event packages and educational programs. Located at 12th Avenue and 46th Street, Intrepid is easy to get to by mass transit, car or water taxi.

Intrepid is open every day except Mondays through March 31, 2009, then daily through September 30, 2009.

Facts About Concorde

The fastest Atlantic crossing by any Concorde took only 2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds. This record-breaking plane, Concorde Alpha-Delta, is the very same plane housed at the Intrepid Museum.

Her cruising altitude is 60,000 feet, her top speed Mach 2.04, and due to friction heating, Concorde expands approximately eight inches during flight. Even today, more than 32 years after the start of Concorde’s commercial service, she remains the fastest and highest-flying airliner in existence. The development of Concorde began in the early 1960s and officially concluded with her entry into service in 1976. Concorde is one of the finest examples of aviation engineering capable of flying at extreme altitudes and speed.

Concorde is powered by four Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus Mk. 610-14-28 engines. Each engine produces 38,050 pounds of thrust; this would propel the aircraft to her maximum operating speed of Mach 2.04. In order to keep the aircraft light, and keep the cost of production down, Concorde’s fuselage and wings are constructed of aluminum. At full speed and cruising altitude, despite outside temperatures of -67° Fahrenheit (-55° Celsius), Concorde’s skin would heat up to 260.6°F (127°C) at the nose, 196°F-208°F (91°C-98°C) on the fuselage and wings. Concorde carries between 90 and 100 passengers, and has a range of 3,900 nautical miles.

The specific aircraft located at the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum is registered under designation G-BOAD, and is commonly referred to as “Alpha Delta.” The aircraft itself has a very interesting history.

Manufactured under the serial number 100-010, she is the production variant 102. She flew for the first time on August 25, 1976 from Filton, England, and was delivered to British Airways (BA) on December 6, 1976.

In 1977, a deal was worked out to operate a route from London to Bahrain to Singapore in partnership with Singapore Airlines; however this deal ran into serious difficulties and did not last for long. During some of the time the route was in operation, G-BOAD was the only BA Concorde to operate under two airlines. She was painted BA colors on one side, and Singapore Airlines colors on the other.

During 1979, “Alpha-Delta” was to see service with Braniff Airline under a lease agreement with BA. Under this agreement, BA operated the aircraft on the London to Washington route while Braniff Airline operated the aircraft on the Washington to Dallas route. When the arrangement ceased, the aircraft was re-registered G-BOAD on June 19, 1980.

On February 7, 1996, “Alpha Delta” made the fastest Atlantic crossing of a Concorde, taking just 2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds. During her career, G-BOAD flew 23,397 hours, made 8,406 landings and underwent 7,010 supersonic cycles. The final flight of “Alpha Delta” took place on November 10, 2003. The aircraft was de-registered on May 4, 2004.

Max. Cruise Speed: 1,350 mph (Mach 2.04)
Cruising Altitude: 60,000’
Max. Takeoff Weight: 408,000 lbs
Range: 4,143 miles
Length: 203’-9”
Wingspan: 83’-8”
Height: 37’-1”
Engines: Four Rolls Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593’s
Flight Crew: Two pilots, one flight engineer
Cabin Crew: Six
Passengers: 100
Aircraft Cost: $152,000,000 (1976 dollars)
Transatlantic Fare: $6,000
First Prototype Flight: March 2, 1969
Entered Service: January 21, 1976
Passengers Flown: More than 2.5 million
Built In: Toulose, France and Filton, England

Facts About the Growler

First opened to the public at the Museum in 1989, the Growler, SSG 577 is the only intact strategic diesel powered submarine that fired nuclear missiles open to the public anywhere in the world. The Growler offers Museum visitors a firsthand look at life aboard a submarine and a close-up inspection of the once “top-secret” missile command center. Access is available to the various compartments as they were used during operations.

Constructed in 1958 and on active duty for only six years, the Growler remains in remarkable shape. Growler carried and launched the 56-foot-long Regulus missile. After decommissioning, Growler was placed in the Inactive Reserve Fleet, and the Navy decided to use her as a torpedo test target for nuclear attack submarines. Fortunately, these tests were never conducted. Instead, through the efforts of Zachary Fisher and by an act of Congress, Growler was assigned to become part of the Intrepid Museum.

Length: 317’
Beam: 28’
Speed: 12 knots submerged, 19 knots surfaced
Diving Depth: 600’
Displacement: 3500 tons
Endurance: 2 days submerged, 72 days on patrol
Crew: 105-115
Armament: 15 Torpedoes, 4 Regulus I or Regulus II missiles
Fuel: 142,000 gallons of diesel

History of Intrepid Museum

The Intrepid Foundation was founded by Zachary Fisher who rescued the USS Intrepid from scrapping. He believed in creating a place to honor our nation's heroes. Zachary Fisher was a prominent figure in the New York real estate community and a major philanthropic benefactor for the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, as well as numerous other not-for-profit organizations.

In 1978, he founded the Intrepid Museum Foundation to save the historic and battlescarred aircraft carrier Intrepid from the scrap yard. Four years of involvement with the Foundation resulted in his spearheading the opening of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City, now the world's largest naval museum.

In 1982, the same year as the Museum’s opening, Mr. Fisher established the Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Armed Services Foundation. Through the Foundation, he made significant contributions to the families of the victims of the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983. Since then, the Foundation has made contributions of $25,000 to numerous military families who have lost loved ones under tragic circumstances. In 1990, Mr. and Mrs. Fisher began the Fisher House program, dedicating more than $20 million to the construction of comfort homes for families of hospitalized military personnel. Thirty-eight Fisher Houses now operate at military bases and at several Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers throughout the nation. More than 153,000 days of lodging are provided by Fisher Houses every year, saving families an estimated $5 million annually. Since the program’s inception, more than 100,000 families have stayed in Fisher Houses.

In 1998, Mr. Fisher received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in honor of his wide-ranging contributions on behalf of the young men and women in the US Armed Forces. He also received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Horatio Alger Award, the President’s Volunteer Action Award, the Senior Civilian Award from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense, and the top civilian awards from each branch of the military. In December 1999, the United States Congress conferred upon Zachary the title of “Honorary Veteran of the United States,” only the second American to receive such recognition (Bob Hope was the first). Separately, Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as Margaret Thatcher and the late Yitzak Rabin, recognized Mr. Fisher for his support of charitable organizations throughout the United States. Mr. Fisher's devotion to his country can be summed up in the inscription on the Presidential Plaque presented to him by President Reagan: “To the tireless, dedicated work of many Americans, the Intrepid will serve as an inspiration. One man deserves special tribute Zachary Fisher, a patriotic American who never forgot and cares so much.”

The Intrepid at sunset
The Intrepid at sunset

Submarine USS Growler, SSG 577
Submarine USS Growler, SSG 577



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