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52 in 2014: #49 – Respect

December 28, 2014

The USS Intrepid (CV-11)

Edited in LR and onOne Perfect Suite

Edited in LR and onOne Perfect Suite

The Intrepid was launched in April of 1943, one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II.  She saw significant action in the Pacific Theater during World War II, then went on to duty in the Vietnam War.  In between, she was responsible for the recovery of the Aurora 7 capsule and astronaut Scott Carpenter from Project Mercury and Gus Grissom and John Young from Gemini 3.

Today, she is a floating museum on the east side of New York City, anchoring the Intrepid Air and Space Museum.  Her flight and hanger decks house a number of static aircraft displays, including a British Airways Concorde and the Enterprise, the prototype for the US Space Shuttle program.  She is one of four surviving Essex-class carriers, the others being the USS Lexington (Corpus Christi, TX), USS Hornet (Alameda, CA) and USS Yorktown (Mount Pleasant, South Carolina).  If you are interested in naval and/or military history, it is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

This shot was not taken during my visit to the ship, but a subsequent trip when I had the opportunity to visit the area early in the morning when it was quiet.  I stylized the shot using a preset in onOne Perfect Suite (and it looks better when clicked on to view at full size).


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  1. Very nice capture.


  2. Thank you, and thanks for taking the time to comment!


  3. Julie permalink

    Wow, that’s a fantastic image when viewed large. I love the detail. I’d like to see this in person. My dad served on an escort carrier in the Pacific during WWII.


    • From what I read, escort carriers were not nearly as accommodating as the big carriers, and they certainly took a lot of punishment in the war. He has my respect for not only being a veteran, but doing escort carrier duty. Unfortunately, I don’t think any of the escort or light carriers were preserved as museum pieces – only their big brothers.


  4. Tammy permalink

    Wow, the details in this ship are fascinating when looking at this large…I keep seeing something new!


  5. Thanks Tammy – onOne Perfect Suite really pulled out the details on the shot.


  6. My daughter just came back from spending New Year’s Eve in NYC (she was NOT crazy enough to do Times Square!). Somehow, she saw the Intrepid and came home just astonished at how BIG it is.


    • My family loves NYC, but we have never desired to be there on New Year’s Eve either!


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