Quietly docked at Pier 86 in New York City, the USS Intrepid is a retired aircraft carrier, converted into a museum in 1982. This New York museum like no other is entirely devoted to the civil and military aviation and the space conquest. But it has not always been so!
Before being disarmed, the aircraft carrier has had an eventful career and the ship notably served during the Vietnam War. 40 years after the end of the conflict, this episode is the subject of an exhibition until September 1st, 2016.
Photos, artifacts and films
Entitled “On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War”, the exhibition recounts the chronology of events and the impact of the Vietnam War on the American society through the story of the Intrepid. You will learn that the aircraft carrier served three tours of duty in the Gulf of Tonkin from 1966 to 1969. And the exhibition hides nothing, from missions over mainland Vietnam to protests in the United States.
The exhibition is illustrated with many photos, artifacts and film clips from the museum’s collection, many of which are on display for the first time. On the flight deck, check out helicopters and fighter planes used during the conflict. You will see the famous Bell “Huey”, iconic of the Vietnam war and used in movies like Apocalypse Now and Platoon.
The exhibition also draws from the Museum’s Oral History Project, an initiative launched in 2013 to collect the stories of sailors who served on the USS Intrepid.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Adress: Pier 86, West 46th Street.
Subway: 50 St.
Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00pm and Saturday, Sunday & Holidays from 10:00 am to 6:00pm.
Admission : 24 $ for adults or 31$ with acces to the Shuttle Pavillion. The admission at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is included in all the New York City Pass, the New York Pass, the Explorer Pass et the Pass Go Select.