We spent this past weekend in New York City, and one of the fun things we did was visit The Sea, Air, and Space Museum, which houses the Growler Submarine, the USS Intrepid, and a British Airways Concorde.
Our tour into the belly of the Growler Submarine was very interesting.
The control panels were fascinating to see, especially considering what these types of panels might look like on a modern submarine.
Here is the submarine mess hall:
And what good is a submarine without weapons? The missile was pretty impressive.
(Good to Wow photo):
Our next stop was the USS Intrepid.
It has an impressive history. Commissioned in 1943, it saw 2 wars as an aircraft carrier, held up under the attack of two suicidal kamikaze airplanes,
served as a recovery vessel for a space mission,
and filled in as the temporary FBI headquarters following 9/11.
It is as impressive in stature as in history.
We ate in the main Mess Hall
and also got to see the Officers' Mess Hall.
We also saw some of the living quarters.
Following our time visiting the Intrepid, we boarded a British Airways Concorde.
Nothing particularly impressive except possibly the bragging rights I now have to say I've been on one. The one interesting fact that stayed with me is the fact that a flight on the Concorde was very quiet because it flew faster than the sound of its engines.
Definitely more impressive was the short movie we saw about the Intrepid. It presented a history of the ship and included interviews with a couple of POWs like John McCain. I was struck by this quote from Commander Paul Galanti: "There's no such thing as a bad day when you have a doorknob on the inside of the door." Now there's perspective.