Joshua, you have to decide what you want to do today…
May 23rd, 2012: “Joshua, you have to decide what you want to do today, Intrepid or pizza tour?” My mom asked me the moment I woke up.
It indeed was a hard decision. After some debate, I chose to go on the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum built on an old aircraft carrier. Once we were on the carrier we saw two models of the carrier. I also liked the 250,000 piece LEGO model of the carrier complete with planes, hangers, “elevators”, turrets, and the island (which all are from when it was in action, in this case, World War II). Then we saw some planes in a hanger including Douglas Devastators with an old torpedo, an F-86 Sabre, and an F-14 Tomcat with missiles and machine guns. Then the fun roller coasters rides and a war memorial came. I especially liked the XD 4-D “roller coaster” it was a huge movie screen that simulated an alien world. It felt like a real moving roller coaster because the seats were shaking so hard. It also was very realistic because of the 4-D vision glasses and I could almost feel like I was there. After that we went to the G-force simulator in which you drive a plane in a cube shaped simulator and the simulator follows through turning and twisting, in other words, pretending you are in a plane. Dad and I were very bad pilots — we kept banking hard to one side and flipping over. Honesty, I don’t want to pilot a fighter plane because it is too “risky”. When it flips upside down, it can be very scary. The cool part is that even through it was a simulator I could almost feel like I was piloting a real plane with missiles and machine guns. Then we went to the deck to see the airplanes. On the way I saw lots of powerful gun turrets. On the deck I saw an A-6 Intruders, F-14 Tomcats, an A-12 Blackbird, and an F-16 Fighting Falcon. My favorite plane was the F-16 because it was agile, had powerful weaponry, and was very, very fast. Every plane besides the A-12 Blackbird supersonic reconnaissance spy plane is outfitted with Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles, radar missiles, and powerful machine guns. Then we went to see the submarine Growler.
The second I saw the submarine, I knew I had found something I liked. The Growler was the first US ballistic missile submarine along with his sister Greyback to carry. The first thing I noticed was the Regulus II missile as if it was preparing to launch the missile. When we went inside, the first thing we saw was two missile hangars which could hold a total of four missiles. The guide told us that if just one of those missiles detonated in Time Square the impact would destroy New York, part of New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The missiles were as big as airplanes and unlike the modern tomahawk and Polaris missiles, the submarine has to surface to fire the missiles and while modern submarines have advanced nuclear fission engines, the Growler has a regular diesel/electric engine.
After we saw the front torpedo room, we proceeded down to the crew quarters where more than 100 people slept, ate and played games. Then we saw the bathroom and the showers. Boy, did they look disgusting! The toilets had moss and fungi growing on it. Then we saw the officer’s quarters which did look a lot better than the things we saw before. Even through it looked better, I still don’t want to be a submariner. Soon, we got to the periscope and conning tower it seemed very cool to have a safe and interesting way to look outside. Then we got to the diesel/electric engine we saw the aft torpedo room.