The sign accompanying the F-1 rocket engine. It reads
F-1 Rocket Engine
Five F-1 rocket engines powered the first stage of the huge Saturn V rocket, which
launched Apollo spacecraft to the Moon. This F-1 was intended to be used as a
flight spare for either Apollo 18 or 19, the last two planned lunar landing
missions, which were canceled. The engine underwent eight start tests in 1966
for a total firing time of about 500 seconds.
The handler on which the engine is mounted was built to move F-1s within
assembly buildings, repair shops, and hangars. Over long distances, another
vehicle transported both the handler and engine. The handler originally
transported the F-1 engine
now exhibited in the Museum's building on the
National Mall in Washington. It was later restored to hold the F-1
engine displayed here.
Transferred from NASA Marshall Space Flight
|Length:||5.6 m (18 ft. 4 in.)
|Diameter:||3.7 m (12 ft)
|Weight, engine:||8,319 kg (18,340 lb)
||Weight, handler:||1,800 kg (4,000 lb)
|Thrust:||6.67 million N (1.5 million lb)
|Propellants:||RP-1 kerosene, liquid oxygen
|Manufacturer:||Rocketdyne, Canoga Park, Calif.,
Note that A19700271000 is actually the inventory number of the F-1 at the
National Mall facility.
The nozzle extension displayed with this F-1 (which bears the same serial
number as an F-1
engine at the U.S. Space and Rocket
Center) is A20050101001.
Also note that, for long-distance transportation, the F-1 was installed on a
different type of dolly and the nozzle extension was shipped using a separate
fixture (the photo in the collections database for A20050101001
shows both of these types of handlers).