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:
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.