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The Intrepid Museum Celebrates 32 Years
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Posted: 7/31/2014 12:10:23 PM

Intrepid Celebrates 32 Years

A view of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in its early years. Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Gift of Scott Koen.
 
After a storied U.S. Navy career spanning more than 30 years, Intrepid was decommissioned on March 15, 1974 and played a central role in the U.S. Navy’s 1976 bicentennial celebrations in Philadelphia by serving as an exhibit ship. Soon after, New York City developer and philanthropist Zachary Fisher spearheaded a campaign to save Intrepid from the scrap yard. The ship opened as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in 1982 and Intrepid was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
 
Intrepid Celebrates 32 years

Poster from the early years of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
 
Over the years the Museum has acquired a wide collection of aircraft, including a Concorde, the world’s fastest commercial jet, and the A-12 Blackbird, the world’s fastest military jet and spy plane. Also joining the Museum was submarine Growler, the only guided missile submarine open to the public in the United States. In April 2011, NASA awarded Enterprise, the prototype orbiter that paved the way for America’s successful Space Shuttle Program, to the Intrepid Museum as well.
 
Intrepid Celebrates 32 years

Poster from the early years of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Gift of Larry Levy.
 
Come visit and learn more about Intrepid, submarine Growler and all the aircraft on board!


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