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J-2 Engine Thrust Chamber J-2111 Gallery


A throat support next to the thrust chamber.

When a rocket engine is displayed vertically, the thrust chamber may not be strong enough to support its own weight, and so a throat support is inserted underneath the engine. The engine's injector (near the top of the engine assembly) rests on the throat support, which bears the load.

The most obvious use of a throat support I've seen is F-1 engine F-5036, in front of Building 4200, which appears to be levitating.

J-2 rocket engine throat support accompanying J-2 Engine Thrust Chamber J-2111 at Marshall Space Flight Center
Time picture taken Mon Sep 9 13:26:52 2013
Location picture taken Building 4205
Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, AL
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