Cliff & I were in New York last weekend and the first item on our agenda was a visit to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. We managed to pick the coldest day of the year.
As our yellow cab pulled up by the entrance of the Intrepid Museum at Pier 86, we could see G-BOAD clearly from the road. It took approximately 2 years for the re-build of the Pier, now 112 square feet. Pier 86 was reconstructed from 336 epoxy-coated steel pilings, each measuring 60 to 185 feet. So G-BOAD now has an impressive solid new base.
Entrance fee to the museum is $21 and worth every cent. Entry to the Intrepid is via 4 large gantries which take you into the mid-deck area. Once inside, there are a number of aircraft, including a M.A.S.H. Helicopter. There are also 2 space modules and various simulators and also a 4D cinema experience.
We had fun climbing up ladders and through hatches up to the flight deck area, where the Blackbird, F-14 Tomcat, F-11 Tiger and various other aircraft reside. There is also a magnificent view of the New York skyline from the flight deck. It was a pity it was sooooo cold.
We then visited G-BOAD. She looked very clean and well cared for. Her Nose had been repaired and there was no sign of any damage (maybe a new Nose had been fitted)?
Once inside, the rear of the aircraft was perpexed off, as in G-BOAF. The forward section seats were all completely perspexed over and well protected. The cockpit area was also prespexed off, but photographs could be taken over the top of it.
All in all we had a very good visit and would recommend it to anyone visiting New York.
We exited through the museum shop and curiously found copies of G-BOAA's book for sale (and what a good little book it is) that we had previously purchased at the Museum of Flight at East Fortune in Scotland.
Cliff also bought a very good DVD titled Concorde Alpha-Delta An Intrepid Journey. It tells quite an emotional story.
What would be nice to see is some sort of cover or protection over Alpha-Delta. But with the majority of the BA Concorde fleet
exposed to the elements, its not unusual to see a Concorde braving the weather like Alpha-Delta was.
best regards Annie & Cliff
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