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.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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