17 May 2018

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

We were in the neighbourhood, with a few hours to kill on a particularly hot and stuffy day in early May.   What should we do?   I know, we'll go and visit Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

I mean, what's not to like?  An aircraft carrier, moored up in one of the greatest cities in the world, with fighter jets, a Concorde, and a Space Shuttle

I'll start with the best bit, and I've always said its people that make things like this, and a few minutes chatting to a long retired Navy guy who was sitting in the bridge was by far the best part.  Indeed the rest of the time any kind of "crew" were in very short supply, with pretty much no-one outside of the ticket office and gift shops available to ask questions to.

The selling point of any aircraft carrier is always going to be the flight deck, and the front part was good, with fighter jets on display on either side, however, when walking towards the back of the ship, the presentation of things all started to go a bit wrong.  First up was a huge shed where they were renovating another plane, and then behind that, a huge warehouse construction ( that contained the Space Shuttle Enterprise) covering the back third of the deck.  So you were never really able to see the scale of the carrier, which was a shame.

Oh, and it turns out the "space" Shuttle on exhibit hadn't even been into space, it was just the PR version.   Colour me rather unimpressed. 

The flight deck, running nearly the whole length of the ship, was much better laid out.

A British Airways Concorde, which should really have been positioned on the flight deck in prime position, was poorly displayed on the dock alongside the ship.  Little thought seemingly given to its presentation, with a scattering of cheap tables and chairs underneath.

If entry had been free, I'd still have been a bit "meh", but as it was a really rather hefty $33 per person, a simple "meh" doesn't even begin to cover it.

Anyway, here's a few photos - all taken with the Sony RX100 IV.   I didn't feel hugely inspired.

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