[NEWS] Sky’s the Limit on Navy’s Biofuel Focus
– by Bill Loveless, September 14, 2016, USA Today
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has made alternative energy a top priority since taking office in 2009, but this week he took his commitment to new heights, literally.
The civilian leader for the Navy climbed aboard an EA-18G Growler fighter jet as a passenger on one of a series of test flights using 100% biofuel.
Biofuels are not new for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, which have been experimenting with blends on aircraft and ships for several years. In fact, all Navy ships and aircraft are now certified to run on up to 50-50 blends of conventional and alternative fuels.
But the flights taking place this month at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland mark the first time the Navy has gone all out to experiment with biofuels for aviation.