The F-1 engine, producing 1.5 million pounds of thrust, was the powerplant for the first stage of the giant 363-foot long Saturn V launch vehicle that took a dozen astronauts to the Moon in six lunar anding missions between 1969 and 1972 in the Project Apollo program. The first stage was fitted with five F-1's for a total lift-off thrust of 7.5 million pounds. The fully-fueled Saturn V weighed 6.1 million pounds. The F-1 used RP-1, a type of kerosene, and liquid oxygen as the propellants. The turbopump for the engine pumped in the propellants at 42,500 gallons per minute. The F-1 was developed and built by Rocketdyne, Division of the Rocketwell International Corp. The engine was transferred to the Smithsonian from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in 1975.
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration