U.S. tested first 100-percent biofuel jet
The first biofuel-based aircraft successfully completed its test flight, the U.S. department of the Navy confirmed in a statement.
The EA-18G "Green Growler"
completed flight testing of a 100-percent advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. "From takeoff to landing, you couldn't tell any difference,"
said Lt. Cmdr. Bradley Fairfax, project officer and test pilot with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron, after the first test flight was conducted on September 1. "The information presented to us in the airplane is pretty simplified but, as far as I could tell, the aircraft flew completely the same as [petroleum-based] JP-5 for the whole flight,"
he added."What we have seen is that the 100-percent bio-JP-5 appears to be basically transparent. It looks just like petroleum JP-5 in the airplane. So far, everything looks good and we haven't noticed a difference,"
flight test engineer Mary Picard confirmed."Today is a further example of how the Navy and Marine Corps continue to lead in energy innovation and, in doing so, remain the greatest expeditionary fighting force the world has ever known,"
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said.
The fuels program supports SECNAV's operational energy goal to increase the use of alternative fuels afloat by 2020.