F-1 rocket engine delivered

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.

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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