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Testing of a first stage using dummy upper stages?

The first stage of the Saturn I was tested three times using dummy upper stages filled with ballast water, see Project Highwater and this question. The first two flight tests of the Saturn V (SA-501 ...
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RS-25 Hot Fire Test

Yesterday, NASA Stennis successfully completed a hot fire test of Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 a.k.a SSME. It was noted in the webcast before the test started that they were testing the 'engine controller'...
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Does every liquid-fueled rocket engine get a test run before its actual flight operation?

I'm not referring to the obvious development testing, but the life cycle of individual engines. When a rocket is launched, have those specific engine "serial numbers" been previously test-run? Like ...
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How does a simple construction keep a firing rocket on the ground?

Today I have seen this report of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket test firing. The force of a burning rocket is tremendous, and in the video we see an apparently simple construction keeping the rocket (or ...