Rocket Engine, Liquid Fuel, V-2, U.S.-Made
This is a U.S.-built V-2 rocket engine made by the North American Aviation Company in 1947-1948 as part of their Navaho missile project. When North American started the project, it had no experience with rocket engines and built six V-2 engines to learn as much as possible about the construction of large-scale rocket engines. However, the engines were not fired in tests.
As Navaho expanded, North American developed a radically new and improved liquid propellant engine that was the start of the evolution of large-scale engines in the U.S. They included engines for the Redstone, Jupiter, Thor, and Atlas missiles and for the Saturn V Apollo launch vehicle and Space Shuttle. The U.S.-built V-2 engine was donated to the Smithsonian in 1970 by Rocketdyne.
Rocketdyne, Division of Rockwell International Corporation
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- North American Aviation Inc.
- ca. 1947-1949
- PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
- Steel, Paint, Aluminum, Cadmium Plating, Mylar (Polyester), Adhesive, Asbestos, Plastic, Phenolic Resin,
- Rubber (Silicone)
- Storage (Artex Crate): 325.1 × 160 × 170.2cm (10 ft. 8 in. × 63 in. × 67 in.)