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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soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. gung hoe

    bobcat2u curious what part of the coast you live

    September 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    @gung hoe:

    Bobcat2u lives on the Gulf coast.

    @bobcat2u:

    He was on a thread yesterday that I had a...(Ahem)...spirited debate with another poster.
    He just thought it was hilarious to provide the colorful commentary.
    In other words, troll.

    September 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    @ bobcat2u sorry bout double post suky phone Have to drive home luncb was good catch you people in a short short

    September 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    I currently live in Mobile, Al. area. Prior to that, I lived in Pascagoula and Moss Point, Ms. area for about 33 years. That was pre-Katrina, which like so many others wiped me out. The crazy thing is, I was born and raised in Motown. Now it's like, Hi Ya'll.

    September 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DetroitFrank

    Reading the article promps a little research on Camelina, as no one should believe a news article to be truth. Camelina has been approved by the FDA for use, up to 10% in cattle feed, it promotes healthy weight gain in cattle, has been used for the same purpose in chicken feed for the same reason which results in healthier food for humans. Now we are going to use the stuff as a bio-fuel, great.

    September 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT ( fuel maker and chemist )

    it will help out the american farmer.. i still feel that one barrel corn sould =1 barrel of oil..

    September 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat2u

    @banasy

    Yeah, I was kind of gettin the gist of things between you and phillip, and then all of a sudden this drako thing srarted jumping in with nasty crap.
    I guess it just gives some creatures a sense of accomplisment. They must live really sad lives under those bridges

    September 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT ( elf slayer & deutrium farmer )

      how did dora the explorer get rid of the grumpy old troll?

      September 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      @RUFFNUTT
      Ok, I give up. How did Dora the explorer get rid of the grumpy old troll ?

      September 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Timshappywife

    Okay, but I want to talk to the Air Craft mechanics and see what they think.

    September 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @bobcat2u:

    Yeah, well, that's a no-win situation with Philip...so I'm not going to try anymore.

    As for trolls, it goes with the territory of internet anonymity.
    We all have our crosses to bear...lol!

    September 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat2u

    banasy, leeintulsa,gunghoe, RUFFNUTT and all you other happy posters out there in bloggerville. Got to go to work now. ( sad face and rears ) You guys and gals have a good day. I'll catch up with YA'LL tomorrow.

    BE BLESSED EVERYONE

    September 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT ( elf slayer & deutrium farmer )

      i am at work...lol

      September 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SquattingDog

    Fuel is the real stuff, everything else is not fuel or it wouldn't have another name.

    September 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    I give up, Ruffie, how?

    September 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT ( elf slayer & deutrium farmer )

      i dont know i forgot... my kids finally stopped watching that show and are now watching "word world"...and "elmo's world"

      September 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT ( elf slayer & deutrium farmer )

    "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"
    .
    hopefully they dont use "e100" or they'll have a bunch of drunks flying around..

    September 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Drakorex1

    a while ago there were over 60 responces now just 31 whats up?

    September 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joe doh

    i have been working at the general electric aircraft engine plant for 32 years. and let me tell you when they test those f414 engines full power and full afterburn and the wind is blowing our way we are in for a long night the exhaust fumes are so toxic the headaches are unbearable .

    September 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
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