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post #1 of 10 Old 03-31-2012, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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Read recently where some billionaire tycoon was going to try and recover the Apollo 11 first-stage F1 engines from the floor of the Atlantic.



Did a little math to help me understand just what a godawful-powerful engine the F1 is.

They produce around 1.52 million pounds of thrust. I believe the Apollo 11 craft used 7 of them in its first stage.

In terms of raw capabillity, if it weren't for the requirement of also lifting the massive amounts of fuel required to run it, one F1 engine could lift 19 fully-loaded tractor/trailers at 80,000 pounds apiece into orbit.




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post #2 of 10 Old 03-31-2012, 08:48 AM
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He's gonna have a hell of a time fitting that on his Klr!

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i would put in on a bicycle. seems like a legit idea.

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there is a space museum in alamagordo nm that has old engines like that. once you see them up close you truly realize what they mean by rocket science.

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I worked for 17 years in the factory that built that engine. Rocketdyne, currently owned by Pratt & Whitney. Back in the day it was North American, when I hired in, in 1987 it was Rockwell, when I left it was owned by Boeing. While I was there we were building the space shuttle main engine, and one I believe they are still building, the RS-68.
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I worked for 17 years in the factory that built that engine. Rocketdyne, currently owned by Pratt & Whitney. Back in the day it was North American, when I hired in, in 1987 it was Rockwell, when I left it was owned by Boeing. While I was there we were building the space shuttle main engine, and one I believe they are still building, the RS-68.
How cool is that? Small world, huh? Too bad you don't still work there, I'd see if you could get me one. That must have been a really neat place to work.



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Okay, maybe they weren't loaded and didn't include the tractor, but a 53-foot trailer weighs around 15,000 pounds and this tornado is flinging them everywhere. That one looks like it goes about 100 feet up in the air. A tornado makes the F1 look like a 650!





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Tornado video

Reminds me of mom comiming into my room to vaccum the floor when it was still covered with my toys. She told me she would vaccum them up and she did, never did it again. And no that wasnt yesterday I was 7 then:P
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Is the intake heated by the exhuast on that thing?
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