Another day and yet another U.S. Navy aircraft flies on biofuel. On Earth Day, the Navy showcased its "Green Hornet," a F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet that is powered by a 50/50 blend of conventional jet fuel and camelina jet fuel.
The Green Hornet test flight took place at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland.
The U.S. Navy has put a large impetus on the its research and development program for alternative fuels. Yesterday's flight is part of a series of test flights that will take place between April and June.
The test flights will evaluate the performance and efficiency of different aircrafts powered by a 50-50 blend of fuel. Last month the U.S. Air Force Warthog completed a successful test flight using camelina biofuel.
Scott Johnson the General Manager of Sustainable OIls -- which received a US$2.7 million contract to supply camelina-based fuel to the Navy -- thoroughly enjoyed watching the Green Hornet's 45-minute flight: “It was awesome to watch camelina biofuel break the sound barrier.”
Read the full story at Biofuels Digest: Shock Wave: Camelina biofuels break sound barrier in Navy F-18 trial
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