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.

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  1. banasy©

    Hi, gung hoe.
    Hi, bobcat2u.
    Hi, John boy.
    Hi, Grandpa.
    hi, Ma.

    September 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    Bbbrrrrrrr

    anyone else just get a chill?

    September 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Howdy, TS leeintulsa.
    I got the same chill.

    September 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Lol. Hi banasy. Was wondering if i was john boy or grandpa..

      September 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    Hey gung hoe
    The bible woke me up at 7:30 this morning
    errrrrrr , lol

    September 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    And welcome to the party Banasy

    September 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Laura

    ARGH! This is NOT sustainable! The EROI on this stuff sucks and it uses more water to produce than it should...plus it takes oil to produce this crop through pesticides and fertilizers. I understand that we need a stepping stone to renewable energy, but this stuff is NOT it.

    September 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bitterjack

      laura, stop with you big oil propaganda. Big oil always wants to take all the development and support costs for biofeuls to try to demonstrate they are not as good fossil fuels. Exactly was is the cost to develop a single oil well? all the way from the exploratory well to refining to transporting it to the gas station?

      September 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Laura
    Then what would you purpose?
    You seem to have some great knowledge on the matter, yet I appreicate it when ppl give some kinda list of solutions

    September 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gung hoe

    @jazzzzz hope you had a good passage for the day By 7 30 had 1st roof repair done headed to the 2nd @ Lee and Banasy nope no chill in central mich

    September 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bitterjack

    Big oil always wants to take all the development and support costs for biofeuls to try to demonstrate they are not as good fossil fuels. Exactly was is the cost to develop a single oil well? all the way from the exploratory well to refining to transporting it to the gas station?

    September 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat2u

    Hello all friends and fellow posters. Hope today is finding everyone happy and well

    September 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sum1comn

    I put a stud finder on me and it lit up like a Christmas Tree, made my day!

    September 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    Not going to get the solutions from me im no chemist

    September 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat2u

    @banasy

    What's up with this Drako troll creature thingie ?
    Seem's like it's trying to take a hard line case on you !!
    But that's OK. We got your back if you need it.

    September 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    Hey bobcat2u just curious what part of the coast do you live

    September 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT ( fuel maker and chemist )

    i have a new plan to make new fuel for the kansas city area.
    .
    1:) get rid of the chiefs..the suk and can't even win a preseason game..
    .
    2:)fill arrowhead stadium with bio-degradeable garbage...
    .
    3:) let it ferment and put a cap ontop of the stadium...
    .
    4:) sit back and collect the methane...
    .
    5:) use the proceeds to get a good football team..

    September 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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