It was a good, geeky way to spend Pi Day.
First, I arranged to meet another member of Rebel Legion to deliver a lightsaber to her. I’m no longer using it, she is new to the group and needs a decent saber. I haven’t used this one in years so it was a good match.
We met up at the Museum of Flight as I’d planned to go there anyway to watch the arrival of the F-1 rocket engine. I’d heard rumor that it was arriving mid-afternoon. I arrived at 1330 to discover 5 empty flatbed trucks in the parking lot. Well, that was a disappointment.
It was already in its gallery, having arrived at 0600. By the end of their work day (1500), it was standing upright and ready for more work tomorrow.
Still, I could see just enough of it from behind the safety barrier to get a bit sketched.
Here’s the info the Museum sent out to us volunteers today:
The F-1 engine, the most powerful single-nozzle, liquid-fueled rocket engine ever developed, boosted the Saturn V rocket off the launch pad and on to the moon during NASA’s Apollo program during the 1960s and 1970s. Please see the attached video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBmuc8kD08g
The Museum of Flight is fortunate to have a full-scale F-1 engine on loan from the Marshall Space Flight Center, and components of original F-1 engines from the Apollo 12 and 16 missions recovered by Bezos Expeditions to support our upcoming Apollo exhibit.
The full-scale F-1 engine was transported to the Museum this morning, Tuesday March 14, by Nelson Trucking and moved into the gallery. …. [ A trustee ] generously supported the engineering and fabrication of the steel stand to support the F-1 engine in a vertical position in the gallery. The nozzle extension will be lifted over the engine stand and be attached to the lower part of the engine and supported from the floor.