I've read the Saturn V began launch with a short yaw maneuver which lasted from t+1 through t+8.25.
The purpose mentioned for the maneuver is to avoid contact with the launch tower.
But now that I think about it, I struggle to see the logic of the maneuver.
The yaw rotation would occur about the center of mass, which starts out fairly high up. The yaw would then push the lower half of the rocket one way WRT to the tower while the upper half goes the other way.
(Imagine picking the rocket by its center and giving it weak lateral push from the bottom---the center of mass stays approximately where it is while the bottom and top fling in opposite directions.)
Because the rocket is heavy, the center of mass budges noticeably to the side only after a substantial delay of several seconds, by which point that center of mass is practically at the height of the top of the tower.
But by then the maneuver seems of little use, since most of the rocket is already clear of the tower. Nor does the maneuver seem to have been of much use before that point, since the center of mass hadn't yet deviated substantially from the length axis of the tower...
...Unless they were specifically trying to avoid contact with the very top of the tower, in which case the maneuver makes perfect sense...
The yaw rotation would get the top out of the way, and by the time the center of mass reached the top of the tower, it too would have shifted at least a few feet from the length axis... and finally when the bottom of the rocket reached the top of the tower, it too would have shifted enough to the side to avoid a collision.
Sorry for the possibly dumb question, but suddenly this seemingly logical maneuver is stumping me.
Thanks if you can clarify!