USS Intrepid (CV-11) - June 13, 2003

First view of the USS Intrepid (CV-11) from 44th and 12th Avenue

Walk two blocks over to the crossover at 46th & 12th

Finally visit an aircraft carrier, the 3rd Essex class commissioned in 1943

The main attraction of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

Cold War M60 Patton tank w/105mm gun and a section of Berlin Wall

. . . beside a Soviet Cold War T-72 tank with 125mm gun

First view of the long flight deck on a cool, foggy, rainy day

Cross over to the starboard side to the safety minded chain link fence

Look over supports to a lost Pier 84 off the starboard side

Grumman F-14B Super Tomcat, the 7th built, served as a prototype

This Coast Guard Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard rescued over 15K people

Flight Deck Island of the Fighting "I"

MiG-21 Fishbed PFM, flown by Poland's 10th Fighter Interceptor Regiment

Forward deck bow prong looks huge compared to distant streets of NYC

One of a handful of existing Grumman A-6E Intruder II

Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II delivered to the Navy in 1974

Plenty of carrier based aircraft on the forward flight deck

But the CIA's A-12 Blackbird definitely prefers a longer runway

A total of 15 A-12s, 3 YF-12s, and 32 SR-71s built, 17 lost

Stout A-12 landing gear

This Oxcart has two wheels in the front and six in the back

Pratt & Whitney J58 engines removed from pigeon spies

Grumman F11F-1 Tiger on raised support, retired in 1959

North American FJ-3 Fury (Navy's version of the F-86 Sabre)

Intrepid's angled flight deck was installed in 1956

A-6 Cockpit Landing Simulator on Flight Deck

Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat fighter & Grumman TBM-3E Avenger torpedo bomber

Dassault Etendard IV M parked between the Mig 21 & A-12

Climb the flight deck island and view the Intrepid's bridge

HH-52A, E1-B Tracer, TS-2 Tracker, F-10 Skyknight, UH-1M Huey, and F-16

Coke machines placed safe from jet blast, intakes and props!

Looking down on the USS Edson and its two rear 5 inch guns

USS Edson, one of two Forrest Sherman class destroyers on display

The bridge of the USS Edson, which served 1958-1988

View of the forward 5 inch gun and the USS Growler beyond

View of the ramps ascending the Intrepid's port side from the Edson

USS Edson torpedo loader for Mark 32 torpedo tubes

One more view of the Edson's forward 5 inch gun while disembarking

USS Growler (SSG 577) Regulus cruise missle submarine

Start tour w/introductory movie in the Regulus Missile underwater storage

Forward torpedo room with four bow torpedo tubes

Helm of the Growler (active only four years 1960-1963)

Extended attack periscope of a diesel-electric submarine w/nuclear armament

Houston's WaterWorld patrons should not attempt

The two torpedo tubes of the stern torpedo room

Later replaced by Polaris, Poseidon, and now Trident missile submarines

The sub had to surface and prepare the Regulus missle for launch

The sub was towed from Bremerton, WA thru Panama to NYC in 1988

Two Regulus Guided Cruise Missiles could be stored in each of 2 tubes

Precursor to today's Tomahawk cruise missle

A final look at the Fighting "I" with McDonnell Douglas AV-8C Harrier II