Blue Angels to fly on biofuels
A Navy logo on a Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet indicates the service's commitment to biofuels.
September 3rd, 2011
08:00 AM ET

Blue Angels to fly on biofuels

When the six F/A-18 Hornets in the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team thrill the crowds at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Air Expo in Maryland this weekend, they'll be soaring on biofuel.

Each of the six Hornets will be powered by a 50/50-blend of jet fuel and camelina-based biofuel, according to a Navy press release.

Camelina is a high-oil flowering plant grown in rotation on land used for wheat and on land too marginal for food production, according to Sustainable Oils, the company providing it to the military. Sustainable Oils says camelina can also reduce carbon emissions by 80% over jet fuel.

The camelina mix has been successfully tested in several military aircraft, including the Air Force's A-10 Thunderbolt, F-15 Eagle, F-22 Raptor and C-17 Globemaster, as well as the Navy F/A-18. Two Air Force F-16s from the Thunderbirds demonstration team flew with the mix during a performance in May, the service and Sustainable Fuels said.

"This will be the first time an entire unit has flown on a biofuel mix," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in the Navy release. "Changing the kinds of fuels we use and the way we use them is critical to assuring the Navy and Marine Corps remain the most formidable expeditionary fighting force the world has ever known."

By 2016, the Navy plans to deploy the Great Green Fleet, an aircraft carrier strike group powered entirely by non-fossil fuels, Mabus has said.

Post by:
Filed under: Agriculture • Aviation • Environment • Military • U.S. Navy
soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. Joseph L Cooke

    Great. Let's pay a higher price just to be PC. That's the problem when civilian sissies have say over the military.

    September 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • iRex

      The push for non-fossil fuels by the military is related to logistical realities and fears of shortages, and in the case of land vehicles which other services are looking to use technology such as electric and electric hybrid vehicles, they are doing so to address real issues faced in recent conflicts. A lot of IED attacks in Iraq were related to fuel convoys. If out troops didn't have to protect fuel convoys there would have been a lot less death and injury due to IEDs.

      This has nothing to do with being PC and everything to do with controlling supplies.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • CR from CA

      At least when fossil fuel runs out they will be ahead of the curve in what to use next as fuel. Better than having a billion dollars worth of doorstops. This has nothing to do with civilian "sissies" and everything to do with the military thinking ahead to maintain an unbroken chain of capability. But then, you probably can't see past the end of your twinkie.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former Navy

      If you want to be a neoconservative troll, fine, but try to recognize it's not just "political correctness." A force's dependence on fuel and the logistics needed to obtain and supply that fuel has always been a critical weakness, one that has caused wars in the past, will cause wars in the future, and that has brought empires to their knees.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @joseph cooke: Just to be pc? You're an idiot. It's about getting the US off the middle-eastern teat.

      New technology costs more. It'll come down. Always does. Remember microwaves? PLUS, maybe american farmers can *make* money. Sounds like jobs. Gobama.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jimmy russell

    I premoated alcohol mix for gasoline after it was proven that gasoline burns more complete with a 12 percent mix. They cut octain levels down to keep from harming the engine. Later the government allowed fermiters on farms to cut transport cost. As far as food prices,they use spoiled watermelons they cant sell or when farmers have to destroy crops to make money if over production drops prices,its best to fermit the over production for fuel. Biodiesel is different and can be made from any plant. Even lawn cuttings. Search on line biofuel from trash. Lot of misinformation on engine damage too. Prove to me that people never had damaged valves from straight gasoline. You cant. And as for methane and alcohol mix,the petro industry has used that half a centry now and obviously cheaper than petro or they wouldnt have used it at natural gas pipeline booster stations. Request facts from this libtard i deliver.

    September 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • leeintulsa

      My grandpa used to make what he called grassahol with grass clippings and a still in his garage. He used the grassahol to run his lawnmower.

      Perpetual lawncare.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jimmy russell

    I premoated alcohol mix for gasoline after it was proven that gasoline burns more complete with a 12 percent mix. They cut octain levels down to keep from harming the engine. Later the government allowed fermiters on farms to cut transport cost. As far as food prices,they use spoiled watermelons they cant sell or when farmers have to destroy crops to make money if over production drops prices,its best to fermit the over production for fuel. Biodiesel is different and can be made from any plant. Even lawn cuttings. Search on line biofuel from trash. Lot of misinformation on engine damage too. Prove to me that people never had damaged valves from straight gasoline. You cant. And as for methane and alcohol mix,the petro industry has used that half a centry now and obviously cheaper than petro or they wouldnt have used it at natural gas pipeline booster stations. Request facts from me i deliver.

    September 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. HornetDriver

    I've heard about this stuff. I'm very curious if it has an effect on the total thrust output. I'm also curious how clean it is inside the aircraft i.e. does it leave any residues that jet fuel didn't etc.

    September 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ron

    I've been using biodiesel in my car for over 20 years. It is truly a superior fuel. It is far cleaner than diesel (inside the engine) and actually lubricates the valves and rings while the moter is running. 253,000 miles @ 58 MPG and still going.

    September 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RUFFNUTT (elf slayer & 15th lvl warrior & leader of the "golden knights of prosperity " )

      yeah... but how many chicks can you pick up in that car? it gets 0cpg= zero chicks per gallon

      September 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Lol

      September 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      I don't "pick up chicks". I treat all women with the same respect I show my daughter, mother and spouse.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT (elf slayer & 15th lvl warrior & leader of the "golden knights of prosperity " )

      SO your whipped and drive a crummy car cause your wife holds the purse strings?.
      .

      September 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Drakorex1

    Where is banasy today? Maybe she choked on a santorum covered corndog at the football game last night!!!

    September 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Drakorex1
    No one has ever won any one to their point of view by making crude remarks about others
    Your opinion of Banasy falls flat on deaf ears
    I've never seen her START insulting ppl

    September 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Pho yung wang

    Asian people make me hungry for chinese food!

    September 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    opps, well maybe once!

    September 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. bobcat2u

    Now they need to change their names from the Blue Angels to the Green Angels.

    September 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. gung hoe

    With the BLUE ANGELS SWITCHING OVER TO BIO FUEL DONT THAT MAKE THEM GREEN ANGELS

    September 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Drakorex1

    where is banasy today? maybe she choked on a santorum flavored corndog at the football game last night!!!

    September 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. gung hoe

    DAG NABBIT BOBCAT just shows how 2 great minds think alike

    September 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bobcat2u

      Ain't it the truth -- Ain't it the truth ( spoken with cowardly lion voice ) lol

      September 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Ruffie....*Facepalm*™

    Chicks per gallon?
    Lmao!

    ***********
    Thanks, Jazzzzzzz.

    September 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. gung hoe

    Hi there lee bobcat and jazzzzz

    September 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.