US Navy flies First Green Supersonic Jet on Earth Day

April 22, 2010 / 1 Comment

Coincidence apart, but what better occasion than the Earth Day for the world’s most well equipped military to try and reduce its carbon footprint and move closer towards getting a green makeover? In an effort to clean up its armed forces the US Navy will take the Hornet on a supersonic test flight using bio-fuel.Hornet 1 US Navy flies First Green Supersonic Jet on Earth Day

The navy has chosen F/A-18 Super Hornet jet its largest aviation fuel consumer to test the efficiency of Camelina based jet-fuel. The Navy would be closely monitoring the entire range of flight operations, including traveling faster than the speed of sound.

A consortium of airlines has already placed orders for Camelina based fuel because it can be used as an easy replacement for jet fuel. One of the reasons why the bio-fuel market has been so cocksure about the success of Camelina jet fuel lately is its ability to reduce carbon emissions by staggering 84%. This precisely makes Camelina blended jet fuel a viable alternative for the US Navy which aims to meet more than fifty percent of its energy needs from renewable resources by 2020.

Via: EcoGeek