The F-1 rocket engine produced 1.5 million pounds of thrust. Five of the engines made up the first stage of the giant 363-foot long Saturn V launch vehicle that took the first astronauts to the Moon in the Apollo program between 1969 and 1972 in the Project Apollo program. The total lift-off thrust of of the rocket was 7.5 million pounds while the fully-fueled Saturn V weighed 6.1 million pounds. The F-1 used RP-1, a type of kerosene, and liquid oxygen as propellants. The F-1 was developed and built by the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International. This engine was donated by Rocketdyne to the Smithsonian Institution in 1976.
Gift of the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International