Thursday, April 22, 2010
An Environmentally Friendly Jet Fighter? Call It the F/A 18 Super "Green" Hornet
By Chad Garrison
on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 7:07 AM
take flight today
(Earth Day) using a biofuel blend of jet fuel.
The experiment is part of the Navy's goal to incorporate more green technology into the armed forces. The unmodified F/A 18 Super Hornet
will take off from a naval air station in Maryland this morning powered by a 50/50 combination of traditional jet fuel and camelina
, a flowering plant known for its oil properties.
Boeing has successfully flown five of its commercial aircraft on a similar biofuel blend.
A Boeing fighter jet manufactured right here in St. Louis is scheduled to