On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum offers an awe-inspiring look at marvels of American innovation.

Visitors explore Intrepid, a legendary aircraft carrier that served in World War II, and walk among historic aircraft on the flight deck of the ship. Inside Growler, the only American guided missile submarine open to the public, visitors experience what life was like below the surface. And within the Space Shuttle Pavilion, visitors can gaze up at Enterprise, the first space shuttle. The museum's exhibits and artifacts reveal the feats of engineering, ingenuity and bravery behind these complex pieces of technology.

Its new exhibition, On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War, explores the events and impact of the Vietnam War through the lens of Intrepid, which completed three tours of duty between 1966 and 1969. Set within the spaces where men lived and served, the exhibition focuses on the experiences of Intrepid and its crew "on the line"—the periods when the ship was active in the Gulf of Tonkin, launching aircraft for missions over mainland Vietnam. The exhibition features artifacts, photographs, film clips and interviews from the Museum's Oral History Project, offering visitors the chance to hear the experiences of veterans in their own words.

Exhibitions like these bring to life the Museum's collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels. At the Intrepid Museum, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and service.

Photo courtesy of Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.


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