The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 22, 2013

Rocketdyne retirees remark on rocket engine recovery

By Roger McKinney

NEOSHO, Mo. — Some retirees of the former Rocketdyne Neosho plant say the recovery of an F1 engine from a Saturn V rocket from three miles below the surface of the Atlantic is a marvel of modern technology.

The workers made components for the Saturn V engines for the rockets that carried men to the moon. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, sponsored the effort to recover what he thinks may be the rocket from the Apollo 11 mission, the first to land men on the moon. He can’t yet confirm it, because serial numbers have worn off.

“It’s remarkable that they can recover anything like that,” said Rocketdyne retiree Bill Martz, 80. “It’s kind of interesting what they can do with modern equipment. They’ve come a long way in technology.”