Forget About Jet Blue. Navy Launches Jet Green
On April 22, Earth Day, the U.S. Navy launched the first flight of a supersonic jet that is flying green. The F/A-18 Green Hornet is aptly named as it was being powered by a 50/50 biofuel blend. The twin-engine tactical aircraft took off over Chesapeake Bay to kick off the Department of Defenses’ efforts in energy conservation. To reduce greenhouse gasses and be less reliant on foreign oil, the biofuel was made from oil refined from the crushed seeds of the flowering Camelina sativa plant. The test was aimed at showing that adequate power can be achieved to break the sound barrier using an alternative fuel, leading the way for the military to proceed with plans to have half of the Navy’s fuel use come from non-fossil sources by 2020.