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F-1 Engine Gallery


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 Center

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., circa 1966

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 D20050101001.

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 handling fixture (the photo in the collections database for D20050101001 shows both of these types of handlers).

F-1 Engine at Udvar-Hazy Center
Time picture taken Sun Jun 19 14:06:00 2011
Location picture taken Ground Level
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Udvar Hazy Center
Chantilly, VA
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