Collection Item Summary:
This is a high fidelity model of an F-1 rocket engine. Producing 1.5 million pounds of thrust, the F-1 was the powerplant for the first stage of the giant 363-foot long Saturn V launch vehicle that took astronauts to the Moon for Project Apollo. The first stage of the Saturn V 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 F-1's 2,500 pound turbopump pumped in the propellants at 42,500 gallons per minute. This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 1977 by Rocketdyne.
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National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Rocketdyne Div., North American Rockwell
Gift of Rocketdyne Division, North American Rockwell
Overall, wood; smaller plastic pieces; some aluminum piping; on circular walnut stand, with clear plexiglass label; bolts for attaching to stand, steel
Overall: 1 ft. 10 3/4 in. tall x 1 ft. 4 in. diameter, 40.2 lb. (57.79 x 40.64cm, 18.2kg)
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United States of America