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Here Inspiration Soars

From here, Intrepid launched the propeller-driven planes that helped defeat Japan during World War II, the jets that supported U.S. ground forces in Vietnam, and the helicopters that recovered NASA astronauts in the 1960s. It was also here that Japanese kamikaze suicide planes hit, exacting their terrible toll upon Intrepid’s crew. Today, the Flight Deck holds most of Intrepid's collection of authentically restored aircraft. The Flight Deck is also the new home to our Space Shuttle Pavilion, featuring space shuttle Enterprise.
Third Deck and Gallery Deck
  Explore Intrepid's Island

Start at "vulture’s row" where the crew would watch flight operations. Appreciate Intrepid's amazing length, as well as the majesty of Manhattan’s skyline. Then, "take the helm" on the Navigation Bridge and learn how Intrepid's crew would navigate the oceans in any weather, day or night. Stand over real chart tables, radar consoles and communications equipment.
  Admire our Awe-inspiring Aircraft

We take great pride in having one of the most varied and unique aircraft collections in the nation. All four branches of the United States' armed service are represented, as well as several distinctive aircraft from around the world. From the Avenger torpedo bomber, a stalwart from Intrepid’s World War II service, to the A-12 Blackbird, the redoubtable spy plane from the Cold War, the collection reflects some of the greatest achievements in military aviation.

Click here to download our Aircraft Collection Guide
  Restoration and Preservation

This process can be as easy as a fresh coat of paint or as complicated as manufacturing entire aircraft components from scratch. The Aircraft Restoration Team relies heavily on support from the service museums of the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps but the true heroes of our department is the dedicated crew of volunteers. These volunteers come from all walks of life and have invested thousands of hours performing everything from daily maintenance, to research, to a major overhaul of the Museum’s collection.
  Space Shuttle Pavilion

The newly reopened Space Shuttle Pavilion showcases the space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for the space shuttle program. Seventeen dynamic exhibit zones feature original artifacts, photographs, audio, and films that immerse visitors in the science and history of Enterprise and the space shuttle era. The Soyuz TMA-6 space capsule, newly installed in the Pavilion, invites comparison between these two spacecraft.