Behind the Scenes: Inside USS Intrepid’s Island

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The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum has a virtual, behind-the-scenes tour planned for those interested in the organization’s WWII-vintage aircraft carrier, USS Intrepid, which is moored at Pier 86 in New York City. This free event is open to anyone with a solid internet connection and will take place on March 30th, 2023, just a few days after the 80th anniversary for the historic ship’s launching. To learn more, please read the museum’s press release below…

A recent view of USS Intrepid at Pier 86 on Manhattan Island, New York City. (image via Wikipedia)

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of USS Intrepid’s commissioning, the museum’s Curator of History and Collections Jessica Williams will take viewers on an exclusive journey with a live tour of the ship’s bridges. The event will be broadcast on Thursday, March 30 · 6:30 – 7:30pm EDT. Reserve your seat HERE.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits.

Launched in 1943, the former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid fought in World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. The ship later served in the Cold War and the Vietnam War. Intrepid also served as a NASA recovery vessel in the 1960s. It was decommissioned in 1974, and today is berthed on the Hudson River as the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

This live, one-hour virtual experience will give you an in-depth tour of the island, the tower which rises from the flight deck that served as Intrepid’s command center. Viewers will visit the admiral’s bridge, where an admiral commanded multiple ships. There will be the opportunity to get an up-close look at real chart tables, radar consoles, and communications equipment. Then, “take the helm” on the navigation bridge and learn how crew members navigated the oceans in any weather, day or night.

Joining the tour will be Joseph Speicher, who served as an officer on board Intrepid from 1971 to 1973. He worked in the ship’s Operations Department as a Combat Information Center Watch Officer and Photo Officer.

Reserve your seat HERE.


An aerial view of the museum, seen here before the arrival of Space Shuttle Enterprise. (image via Wikiepdia)


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