Showing the first production model of the F-1 rocket engine, shown undergoing test at Edwards, California.
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Background: Showing the first production model of the F-1 rocket engine, shown undergoing test at Edwards, California. It was delivered Oct. 29, 1963, to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The F-1 has a thrust of one and half million pounds, and is the most powerful rocket engine being developed in the U.S. It is designed to be clustered in groups of five, giving seven and a half million pounds of thrust, to boost the Saturn rocket and its three-man Apollo spacecraft to the moon. The five F-1 engines will have 20 times the thrust of the rocket engines that launched the first American astronauts. This engine was shipped to the Marshall Space Flight Center at Huntsville, Alabama, for further ground testing. The F-1 is produced at Canoga Park, California, by the Rocketdyne division of North American Aviation, Inc. Film shows start and test firing of F-1, engine moving on dolly, production line, and animation of five engines moving under Saturn, igniting, and Saturn moving upward, dissolving into view of approaching moon; then two men in front of engine.