The Saturn V F-1 Engine: Powering Apollo into History / Edition 1

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Anthony Young writes superbly, with a similar style to David Harland and has authored nine previously published books on post-war automotive history covering engineering, styling and automotive marketing. Much of the history recorded in these books was acquired from personal interviews with the principal engineers involved with vehicle and engine design programs. Interview locations included various cities in Michigan, England and Switzerland. During this time he was a fulltime contract design engineer.

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"The author provides good descriptions of engine components and manufacturing and the contributions that Rocketdyne, Boeing, and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center made to the F-1. The book also covers engine testing, the first Saturn V stage, and the Apollo launches. … The book contains 32 excellently printed full-page color photographs and numerous black-and-white photos and diagrams. An important contribution to the history of technology and the history of space exploration. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All collections." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 46 (10), June, 2009)

“Over the years there have been a few books published about the Saturn rockets, but here’s one that focuses solely on the business end of the Saturn V – the F-1 rocket engine, still the largest such engine ever developed. … The book is profusely illustrated throughout, and there’s a nice section of colour plates as well. All in all, a valuable addition to the literature of both rocket development and the Apollo programme.” (Liftoff, Issue 257, May-June, 2010)

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Meet the Author

Anthony Young's first automotive book, published in 1984, became the best-selling automotive title sold in America within three months of its publication, according to Auto Week magazine. His first Springer-Praxis book, Lunar and Planetary Rovers: The Wheels of Apollo and the Quest for Mars will be published in the fall of 2006. He is a regular contributor to Space Times magazine and the online weekly website, The Space Review.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.- Author’s Preface.- Acknowledgements.- List of Illustrations.- Origins and F-1 Engine Development.- From Nova to Saturn: Evolution of the Moon Rocket.- Manufacturing the F-1 Engine at Rocketdyne.- Boeing and the Saturn V S-IC Stage.- Testing the F-1 and S-IC Stage.- The Apollo Saturn V Launches.- The Engine that Might Been: the F-1A and its Legacy.- Appendix.- Index.

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