A Navy spokeswoman called to clarify comments earlier this month by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who said in an interview that “we’ve already tested alternative fuels on an F-18, and it worked fine.”
The test was not a flight test of a bio-fueled F-18, but a ground engine test, said Navy Lt. Laura Stegherr.
“In October, a team at the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River successfully powered a static F414 engine, which is the engine for the F/A18, with a jet fuel derived from the camelina plant,” she said. “Essentially, this engine test was a large step forward in determining that the Navy could fly an F/A-18 jet with fuel derived from renewable sources.”
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