The Engine that Could

Last Thursday I arrived for my volunteer shift at the Museum of Flight only to discover a press conference was about to start and we were all invited.  Jeff Bezos (Amazon founder) was there to officially donate one of the F1 engines he’d found and recovered.  It was part of the Saturn V rocket that launched Apollo 12 to the moon for the second landing in 1969.

Since I didn’t know it was happening before I arrived, I didn’t bring a good camera.  News outlets covered it well, though:
Seattle Times
Burien Blog’s post includes a lot of photos.
Geekwire’s coverage includes the the short documentary about finding, salvaging and restoring the engines.

The above have good articles from the press conference.  I also took notes.  There were 2 engines recovered.  Bezos obtained permission from NASA to donate one to the Smithsonian and the other to the Museum of Flight!  They were found 14,000 feet deep in the ocean.  The main engine bells were shattered into ribbons by impact.

One of the fragments is temporarily on display .

This fragment  is the injector plate.  In my sketch, I also included the upside down Space Shuttle model that hangs over it in the gallery.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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3 Responses to The Engine that Could

  1. Better to have good sketching materials on hand than a good camera when you are artistically bent, as you are. Having just seen the movie “Martian” with a friend, this is very much of interest to me. How nice to happen upon this cool event when you volunteered.

  2. joantav says:

    I usually come across something I want to photograph and my camera is home…and I’m one of the holdouts that has an old cell phone that doesn’t take photos. lol Nice sketch of the injector and the shuttle.

    • redharparts says:

      I’ve been a serious hobby photographer since 1974 (or even before that date, which is when I got my first SLR) so I ALWAYS have a camera with me. It’s usually not the SLR but it’s better than a cell phone camera.

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