Air Force Going Green

The US Air Force is moving ahead of its rivals by transforming its aviaton fuel needs to biofuel. In fact, nearly 50% could from an alternative blend by 2016.  The maiden test flight of the biofuel-powered A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog) that took to the skies from the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida shows great promise.  The Warthog flew on a mixture (hydrotreated renewable jet, or HRJ) of camelina oil and a conventional JP-8 jet fuel and resulting no problems for the pilot, crew, or the bystanders.  Motivated by the success, the Air Force will do more biofuel tests on a F-15, the four-engined C-17 Globemaster and the F-22 Raptor as well.

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