Blue Angel to Perform Flight Demonstration in Biofuel Aircraft

Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, is slated to perform their flight demonstration with every aircraft powered by a biofuel blend at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River Air Expo Sept. 2-4.

Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus said the Navy and Marine Corps’ use of alternative energy sources addresses critical vulnerabilities and ultimately serves to improve our war fighting capability, while also increasing our energy efficiency and helping lead the nation toward a clean energy economy.

“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,” said Mabus. “

One objective in successfully testing alternative energy sources is to ensure there is no difference in performance between the biofuel blend and standard petroleum-based JP-5. McWherter, who flew a legacy F/A-18 test flight Aug. 17, said there were no noticeable differences from the cockpit.

The Blue Angels Labor Day weekend performance will be yet another visible demonstration of the Department of the Navy’s commitment to reducing fossil fuel use without compromising capability. All six F/A-18 legacy Hornets will be powered by a 50/50 blend of conventional JP-5 jet fuel and a camelina-based biofuel.

The Labor Day performance is the ultimate demonstration to date of the Department of the Navy’s commitment to reducing dependence on foreign oil, as well as safeguarding our environment through the incorporation cleaner, more sustainable and renewable energy sources.

Source: U.S. Navy

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