Thursday, April 22, 2010

An Environmentally Friendly Jet Fighter? Call It the F/A 18 Super "Green" Hornet

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 7:07 AM

click to enlarge The original Green Hornet fought crime, not pollutants.
  • The original Green Hornet fought crime, not pollutants.
A Boeing fighter jet manufactured right here in St. Louis is scheduled to 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.

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