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Navy Flies F/A-18 Super Hornet on 50:50 Biofuel Blend
In brief: The United States Navy flew an F/A-18 Super Hornet multi-role fighter jet on Earth Day, April 22, on a 50:50 biofuel:jet fuel blend as part of the military's alternative fuel initiative.
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Make/Model: F/A-18 Super Hornet
Manufacturer: U.S. Navy
Dubbed The Green Hornet, the jet flew perfectly on the fuel mix. The Navy's Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) flew the test as part of the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus' mandate to explore, test, and adopt alternative fuels.
The synthetic fuel was a paraffinic kerosene made from camelina mixed half and half with standard jet fuel. The camelina-based fuel comes from $2.7 million contract with Sustainable Oils of Seattle, WA and Bozeman, MT.
Ultimately, the Navy hopes to certify camelina and many other biofuels for use in aircraft and ships, reducing fossil fuel use and dependence on foreign oil.
And so ...
The Green Hornet took off, flew, and landed without a hitch.
Photo credits: USN
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