The US Air Force is a gas guzzler that consumes 2.4 billion gallons of fuel annually. That number certainly isn’t comforting, but the good part is that the Air Force has begun its move towards better, cleaner fuels. Recently, an A-10C Thunderbolt jet took to the air from the Elgin Air Force Base, while getting power from a plant based fuel.
The fuel is obtained from the camelina plant. The said plant is much like a weed, does not need much water or other resources to grow, and is not a food crop, thus making it suited for the job of being a fuel provider.
The flight was in direction of the Air Force strategy that intends to put half the fleet on alternative fuels by 2016, and have certifications to operate all aircrafts on such fuels by 2012. This test flight went without a hitch, but the next tests will put the fuel in action with some of the biggest gas guzzling fliers in the world. Next in line are the likes of F-15 Eagle, A C-17 Globemaster III and the F-22 Raptor.