SATURN S-IC, HISTORY'S MOST POWERFUL MANNED LIQUID ROCKET STAGE.
"Production Illustration, S-IC Major Components," blueprint by Boeing of Wichita, KS, June 1962. 55 by 11 inches.
One of the most detailed and comprehensive drawings ever released of the first stage (S-IC) of the Apollo Saturn (AS) V Moon Rocket. Over 60 numbered components are listed and identified throughout the blueprint. Structures include a Forward Skirt Assembly, the large liquid oxygen (LOX) tank with connecting and vent valves, an Intertank Assembly, and the Fuel Tank Assembly with five tunnels providing passage of LOX through this tank to the F-1 engines. The most complex part of this rocket stage is the Thrust Structure Assembly with over 20 identified components or systems. This assembly consisted of multiple ducts, valves, rings, and manifolds to properly pressurize and channel the flow of both the LOX and RP-1 fuel (refined kerosene) to the five massive F-1 rocket engines. Two of these F-1 engines are shown with an in-scale human engineer to provide a perspective as to the size of this stage, some 138 feet long and 33 feet wide.
Signed and inscribed by CHARLES M. DUKE, JR., RICHARD GORDON, FRED HAISE, EDGAR MITCHELL, RUSTY SCHWEIKART, and AL WORDEN with their AS and Apollo mission numbers.