Pilot's Ready Room, USS Intrepid

This is the pilot ready room on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid.  It's the place where pilots received their final briefing before taking off on their missions during World War II.  U.S. Senator John McCain was one of the pilots on the Intrepid and would have been briefed in this room.

The USS Intrepid (CV/CVA/CVS-11), also known as The Fighting "I", is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name. Commissioned in August 1943, Intrepid participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, most notably the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), and then eventually became an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). In her second career, she served mainly in the Atlantic, but also participated in the Vietnam War. Her notable achievements include being the recovery ship for a Mercury and a Gemini space mission. Because of her prominent role in battle, she was nicknamed "the Fighting I", while her often ill-luck and the time spent in dry dock for repairs earned her the nickname "the Dry I".  Decommissioned in 1974, in 1982 Intrepid became the foundation of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.

You can see an old photo from World War II taken from the back of the room while pilots were receiving a briefing here: http://www.doncio.navy.mil/uploads/0706REE48335.jpg  For a good writeup on the battle history of the USS Intrepid, you can visit this page: http://www.wa3key.com/cv11data.html

Shot with the Nikon D7000 and Sigma 10-20mm lens @ 10mm held up against the glass that protects the room from the public.  Aperture priority mode F11, ISO 1600, spot metering, exposure bracketed for one set of three frames with 2 stop variance (-2, 0, +2 EV range).  Tone map post processing of the exposure brackets done with NIK HDR Efex Pro 2.  Post processed in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5.