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Throughout all of 2012, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary. We invite you to join in this celebration – to visit the museum and to keep visiting this anniversary page throughout the year to learn more about our history and special events.


  + 1970 - 1975
  + 1975 - 1980
  + 1980 - 1985
  + 1985 - 1990
  + 1990 - 1995
  + 1995 - 2000
  + 2000 - 2005
  + 2005 - 2010
  + 2010 - 2015
March 1, 1973

Intrepid Retires

Intrepid’s crew was given word that the ship would be retired from military service. Throughout the next year, the crew would prepare the ship for the scrap yard.

February 27, 1979


Zachary Fisher, a New York real estate developer, founds the Intrepid Museum Foundation. The Foundation saves the Intrepid from the scrap yard and gives life to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

August 3, 1982

Intrepid Opens

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum opens with exhibits that celebrate Intrepid’s Navy service and explore the history of flight, the Museum provides a unique experience for visitors and honors those who have served in defense of our nation.

May, 1987

First Fleet Week

New York City celebrates its first Fleet Week.

December, 1990

Blackbird Arrives

The Lockheed A-12 Blackbird, on loan from the U.S. Air Force, joins the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s aircraft collection. Designed in 1959 and initially flown in 1962, the Blackbird is the world’s first production aircraft to consistently fly well over three times the speed of sound and was used for the CIA’s secret surveillance missions.

May, 1995

Fleet Week Celebration

11 ships and 10,000 sailors visit Manhattan’s West Side for Fleet Week. One of the visiting ships is the Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier, the America (at left). The annual Fleet Week celebration began in 1987 when the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum first invited U.S. Navy ships to visit New York.

November 26, 2003

Concorde joins Collection

The Concorde, a supersonic passenger airplane owned by British Airways, joins the Intrepid Museum collection. Concordes outflew world time zones, crossing the Atlantic in under three hours, or less than half the time of any other jetliner flying the Atlantic even today.

July, 2006

Closing Ceremony

Announcement of closing ceremony with Governor George Pataki

December 5, 2006

Stuck in the Mud

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum temporarily closes to allow refurbishment of the ship and rebuilding of its pier. During the first attempt to tow the ship, the Intrepid becomes immovably stuck in deep mud. The Naval Sea Systems Command and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mobilize to dredge Intrepid out. On the second attempt, three tugboats successfully pull the Intrepid to Bayonne Dry Dock & Repair in New Jersey, where the ship’s hull is repainted and repaired.

June 6, 2007


Intrepid is drydocked for the first time in decades, allowing for her most massive overhaul since the 1970s. The ship’s exterior is repaired in Bayonne, New Jersey. She is subsequently moved to Staten Island in June for interior refurbishment and the installation of new exhibits.

October 2, 2008

Intrepid Returns

Intrepid returns to new Pier 86.

November 7, 2008

Growler Towed Home

Growler submarine towed to Pier 86.

April, 2011

Shuttle Announcement

NASA announces Intrepid to be future home of Enterprise.

Spring, 2012

Enterprise to Fly Again

Enterprise to be flown from Washington D.C. to JFK International Airport aboard a 747 NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

2014 - 2015

A New Home

Enterprise moves to its permanent home in Intrepid’s new Space Center.

March 15, 1974


USS Intrepid was officially decommissioned in a ceremony at Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

April 27, 1981

Transfer Ceremony

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr. (on left) officially transfers the Intrepid to the Intrepid Museum Foundation. Intrepid Museum Foundation Chairman of the Board Zachary Fisher (center) and President James R. Ean (right) take part in the transfer ceremony.

January 14, 1986

Landmark Designation

Intrepid is designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition of its role in Pacific battles during World War II.

May 26, 1989

Growler Opens

The submarine Growler opens to the public at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Commissioned in 1958, Growler is the only surviving example of a strategic diesel-powered submarine that fired nuclear missiles.

November 3, 1993

Swann Awarded Navy Cross

In a ceremony on Intrepid, former crewmember Alonzo Swann is awarded the Navy Cross for his bravery during a 1944 kamikaze attack. Along with fellow African-American volunteer gunners, Swann fired at an incoming kamikaze plane that crashed into the ship, killing ten men.

September 11, 2001

Return to Service

Intrepid serves as the temporary headquarters for the FBI during the September 11 attack investigations and for several weeks thereafter. Agents field hundreds of thousands of calls from Intrepid, FBI helicopters take off from the Intrepid’s flight deck, and FBI personnel sleep on the ship.

October, 2004

Education Center Unvieled

The Michael Tyler Fisher Center for Education opens at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Located at the stern (rear) of the ship, the Center provides a space for education programs and events.

September, 2006

Education Program Set Sails

Education programs set sail.

January 30, 2007

Pier Renovations

Pier 86 renovation begins

April, 2008

Huey Delivered

UH-1A Huey delivered to Staten Island Homeport Pier.

November 06, 2008

Time to Celebrate!

Intrepid Returns Gala.

November 08, 2008

Intrepid Reopens

Intrepid reopens to the public and hosts Veterans Day Ceremony with President George W. Bush

November, 2011

Shuttle Enterprise Coming to Intrepid

NASA transfers ownership of Enterprise to Intrepid Museum

Summer, 2012

Space Shuttle Pavillion Open for Visitation

Enterprise transported via barge from JFK to Intrepid’s Pier 86 and placed on our Flight Deck in Space Shuttle Pavilion. Open for public visitation