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    Default Pictures Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum

    Whoa, was that an ad for yupi.com in one of those pics?

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    Default Pictures Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum

    Great pics, but I feel annoyed when it comes to the Intrepid nowadays. Driving south off the west side highway, past the cruise ship docks, it used to look pretty amazing to watch the Intrepid emerge as you rounded the bend. Now that pointless footbridge (that I never see anyone using) obstructs the view. I've lost one of my favorite entrances!

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    October 31, 2003

    A Concorde Heads to New York to Make the Intrepid Its Home

    By EDWARD WONG

    People in New York will soon be able to see the Concorde doing what it was never built to do: sitting still.

    British Airways said yesterday that it was giving one of its seven Concordes to the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, where the supersonic jet will probably be opened to the public next spring.

    The plane, named Alpha Delta, will be flown into Kennedy International Airport on Nov. 10, most likely making residents of Queens jump from their chairs with one more bone-shaking, window-rattling, eardrum-busting descent. Then it will be transported to the Intrepid via barge on Nov. 25.

    Concorde service ended last Friday after 27 years, when British Airways made its last scheduled Concorde flight between New York and London. Air France ended its New York-Paris service last May. The companies said the Concorde had become financially unviable because of rising maintenance costs and a dearth of travelers willing to pay the $5,000-and-higher ticket prices.

    Alpha Delta will be displayed on a 260-foot barge attached to the main carrier. It is expected to be the centerpiece of an exhibit on trans-Atlantic travel. Col. Tom Tyrell, chief executive of the Intrepid, said that Pier 86, where the Intrepid is docked, was a base for trans-Atlantic crossings for the United States, the fastest ocean liner in the world in its heyday.

    One other place in this country, the Museum of Flight in Seattle, will get a Concorde from British Airways. The rest of the airline's planes will be parked at sites in England and Barbados. Air France is also giving its retired planes to museums.


    Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

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    I hope we can go inside...and smoke cigars.

    The bridge was built to accommodate tour bus passengers. The lot on the east side of 12 Ave was converted into a bus drop-off area. The bridge leads directly to an upper level museum entrance. It's also a good spot for photos.

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    i work right next door on the cruise ships...i love my job

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    November 25, 2003

    Supersonic Jet Takes Slow Boat to New Home

    By CHRISTINE HAUSER


    The Concorde glided up the harbor before docking alongside the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum.

    The supersonic jet Concorde came to a halt today as part of a floating museum on a New York river, its last stop after a high-altitude career flying celebrities and other passengers at twice the speed of sound across the Atlantic Ocean.

    Where it once took wing, the 204-foot-long, 88-ton jet was now tied down, after being hauled onto a barge that plied New York City's waters past the Statue of Liberty and up to the Hudson River pier where the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum is located.

    The Concorde will become part of a permanent new exhibit, the museum's chief executive officer, Col. Tom Tyrrell, said in a statement. Its official opening as an exhibit will take place next spring, according to the museum's Web site.

    In an arrival ceremony attended by officials from the museum and British Airways, the jet was described as "the sexiest machine" and "a gorgeous bird".

    Special features will be added to the barge including exhibits on supersonic flight and the history of the Concorde, according to the museum.

    The Concorde made aviation history as the world's only supersonic passenger aircraft, cruising at more than twice the speed of sound, and at an altitude of up to 60,000 feet.

    Concorde service ended on Oct. 24 after 27 years, when British Airways made its last scheduled Concorde flight between New York and London. Air France ended its New York-Paris service last May. The companies said the Concorde had become financially unviable because of rising maintenance costs and a dearth of travelers willing to pay ticket prices of $5,000 and more.

    In addition to the Intrepid museum, British Airways selected six other sites to receive Concordes, including the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

    Established in 1982, the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum features the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. The museum attracts 600,000 visitors a year.

    Michelle O'Donnell contributed reporting to this article.


    Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

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    Heh. My chorus teacher today was telling us about how she didn't want a camera phone but it ended up coming in handy, 'cause she saw people all gathered by the Rockaway shore and went to see what was up, it was the Concorde on a boat and she took a picture.

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    The Concorde at its new home

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    NY1 News
    June 25, 2004

    Concorde Jet Opens To Public For Tours



    Aviation enthusiasts who couldn't afford a round trip ticket on a Concorde jet back when it was still in operation will finally get a chance to board one.

    The Concorde will be open for public tours as part of the Atlantic Crossings Museum Exhibit at the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum.

    The first public tour starts at 2 p.m. this Saturday.

    Last November 10th, the Concorde made its final flight from London's Heathrow Airport to JFK Airport, where she was decommissioned.

    Later that month, the 204-foot long supersonic jet traveled by barge along the Atlantic Coast from JFK to the Intrepid's home at Pier 86.
    A former Concorde Pilot Mike Bannister said the retired jet will have a second life at the Intrepid.

    "It could do so many things," said Bannister. "You could literally buy back time; travel faster than the earth rotates. And Concorde did that for 27 years, in service with British Airways, and we're really pleased that now she starts a new life as a must see exhibit at the world's premiere Sea Air and Space Museum here at the Intrepid."

    Roundtrip flights on the Concorde used to cost up to $11,000.

    British Airways and Air France say they decided to ground Concorde flights forever because it was too costly to run.

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    It's a beauty.


    The interior is even more cramped than I'd imagined.




    Crew of four in the cockpit. Space utilization is similar to a submarine.

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    Too bad it's not an Air France plane - I'm a Francophile and it's the Concorde.

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    For Francophiles, there's an Etendard, and for comrades, a MiG-21.

    Some people think that this place is touristy. I suppose that's true, but that's because New Yorkers are seldom aware of their history.

    The Essex class aircraft carriers were built in three places:
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    It's 900 Feet Long, Floats, and Needs Some Work



    The U.S.S. Intrepid will be moved from its Hudson River dock.


    By PATRICK McGEEHAN
    Published: June 17, 2006

    Having served as a military museum in New York City for almost 25 years, the U.S.S. Intrepid is due for some R and R in this case, that would be relocation and refurbishment.

    The Intrepid, a World War II-era aircraft carrier, has been a hulking fixture on the West Side of Manhattan since it first docked there in the early 1980's. But all that time sitting in the Hudson River has taken a toll on the ship's steel hull.

    So, sometime in the next several months, the 900-foot-long leviathan, with a collection of jets and helicopters strapped to its flight deck like hood ornaments, will be dragged down the river to a dry dock, where it will be patched up and repainted.



    After being moored for nearly 25 years, the ship will be taken to a dry dock to be patched up and repainted.


    For the moment, executives of the foundation that operates the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum are acting as if loose lips could sink their ship. They are guarding the nature of the ship's ailments and details of when, where and how the repairs will be made like military secrets.

    But they have notified local and federal officials of their intent to move the ship, though they have not laid out the specifics of their plan.

    They declined to say if the Intrepid would be back at its pier in time to anchor the Fleet Week festivities next May, or if objects from the museum, which opened in 1982 and draws more than 500,000 visitors a year, will be placed in another exhibit space while the ship is gone.

    "It is a preliminary plan, and it is premature to comment on it at this time," said Suzanne Halpin, a spokeswoman for the museum who works for Rubenstein Communications.

    Museum officials in anticipation of dislodging the ship from its moorings have already asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permission to dredge the mud that has piled up around the ship's bottom. An Army Corps official, Mary Ann Miller, said yesterday that the ship's owners had presented a long list of planned improvements to the ship but that she was not at liberty to discuss them.

    Charles C. Deroko, a marine surveyor in Brooklyn who has inspected repairs made to the Intrepid in the past, said he had heard similar rumors along the waterfront that the Intrepid would be taken away for an overhaul. But he said he had not heard that there was any significant damage to the ship.

    "The minimum would be sandblasting and painting," he said, referring to the work that would be done once the hull was out of the water. It is unclear how long the ship would stay in dry dock or how much the repairs would cost.

    Merely moving the ship off its pier which is almost as big as the Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship, though considerably smaller than its sister, the Queen Mary 2 is a sizable job.

    Mr. Deroko said the ship would probably have to be hauled by "at least half a dozen tugboats" to one of the few dry docks in New York Harbor that is big enough to handle a vessel of its size. One such dock is in Bayonne, N.J.; another is at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, though Mr. Deroko said the Intrepid's mast would have to be lowered if it was to clear the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

    Rather than being lifted out of the water, the Intrepid probably would be repaired on an enclosed graving dock, Mr. Deroko said. Tugs push ships into a graving dock, then the doors are closed and the water is pumped out, allowing workers to walk around the hull.

    Bucky McAllister, a vice president of McAllister Towing, a tugboat service in Manhattan, said he was eagerly awaiting official word of the plans for the Intrepid, which he described as "confidential." He said his company would gladly accept the assignment of moving the ship around the harbor.

    The buzz about the Intrepid's impending shore leave has been making the rounds of the ship's former crewmen. Charles Coppess, who spent two years aboard the Intrepid from 1959 to 1961 and now lives in Portage, Ind., said he heard talk at a reunion of the ship's alumni last week in Louisville, Ky., that it might be headed for a dry dock in Bayonne.

    Executives of Bayonne Dry Dock and Repair Corporation, which was frequently mentioned as a possible site for the repairs, did not respond to several requests for comment this week.

    If city officials knew more about the plans for moving one of the city's better-known attractions, they were not saying.

    Three members of Community Board 4 met yesterday morning aboard the Intrepid with executives of the Intrepid Museum Foundation. But they came away with few details about the plan, said John Doswell, a co-chairman of the board's waterfront and parks committee.

    Mr. Doswell said that William White, president of the foundation, had indicated that the ship's removal for repair would coincide with the replacement of Pier 86, the city-owned dock that the Intrepid is tied to.

    The work on the pier could take up to two years, Mr. Doswell said, but he added that he did not yet know when the Intrepid would leave its berth or when it would return. He said Mr. White promised to lay out his plans in detail at the next public meeting of Community Board 4, on July 13.

    Connie Fishman, president of the Hudson River Park Trust, which oversees the development of public space along the riverfront and leases Pier 86 from the city, said she understood that the Intrepid officials wanted to move the ship as soon as they could, but that there were bureaucratic hurdles in the way. She said she did not expect work on the pier, much of which will be paid for with federal funds, to begin until next year.

    Copyright 2006The New York Times Company

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    Here are some nice pictures from the intrepid. i took them in june 2004.
    http://reise.tv/index.php?option=com...tegory&catid=3

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