Green F-18

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

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.”

Bill Gertz cov­ers na­tional se­cu­rity af­fairs. He can be reached at 202/636-3274, or at in­sid­e­ther ing@wash­ing­ton­

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