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Topic:Aerojet F-1 engine display moving (Los Angeles)
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Robert PearlmanPhotos courtesy Ray Holt:

SpacepsychoI appreciate the photo credit but it was my mom Lilian and sister Desiree, who both live in the San Fernando Valley, who photographed the F-1 move. They met a wonderful woman who was in charge of the F-1 move for Aerojet, she told my sister that her father helped build all of the Apollo F-1 engines and it was like an old friend coming home.

That said, I spoke with a gentleman who worked on all of the Apollo command modules in Downey, he told me about the CM SPS engines on stands that were being scrapped after the program was cancelled. He said the engines were sold for $1,000 each and one scrap dealer purchased all of them. There has to be just one of these engines in someone's garage.

Robert PearlmanAlmost three years after its F-1 engine display was moved, the 61-year-old Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power plant in Canoga Park is now being demolished, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.
For the past week, backhoes and front loaders have been ripping down the north side of the abandoned rocket engine plant during a demolition expected to take nine months to a year.

The 46-acre complex, shuttered by Aerojet Rocketdyne a few years ago, is slated to be transformed by owner United Technologies Corp. into a $3 billion "sustainable urban neighborhood."

Until then, the company and its developers will work with local and state agencies during an environmental cleanup that includes asbestos and soil removal and disposal of decades of contaminated concrete.

cspgDid the American Pickers (History Channel) — or anybody else — visit the facility before the start of the demolition? Picking up bits and pieces to create lucites?
Robert PearlmanFrom NASA's History Office:
UTC [United Technologies Corporation] is seeking a highly-qualified professional curator/expert to spearhead an important interpretive program for commemoration of the former Rocketdyne Canoga Park plant (in the Canoga Park community of Los Angeles, California) in the history of manned space flight, with emphasis on the rockets and propulsion systems manufactured on-site.

This commemorative effort is required as part of a mitigation program, which was certified as part of the documentation prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to evaluate potential environmental impacts of a proposed Soil Management Plan at the site.

Please review and respond to the position description in the attached request for curator announcement.

Fra MauroI'm glad they are saving the engines but there is still something a little sad about another Apollo historic site being turned into a "sustainable urban neighborhood." Forgive the musings of a history geek.
Robert PearlmanHeavy machinery has just about leveled the old Rocketdyne office and rocket engine manufacturing complex on Canoga Avenue in the West Valley, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.
You could argue that the sprawling complex between Victory Boulevard and Vanowen Street qualified as a national treasure. The engines developed there powered everything from early intercontinental ballistic missiles to the Space Shuttle. And the company is still heavily involved in the nation's space exploration from its De Soto complex.

Former Rocketdyne engineer Bill Vietinghoff has fond memories of those glory days.

"Oh, it was a beautiful place," he said of the old complex. "A lot of people who worked there over the years were sad to see it go. A lot of the astronauts (who) came through Canoga Park, they wanted to have reassurance that the engines they were going to sit on were reliable."

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