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    New Biofuel Successfully Powers EA-18 Super-Hornet Surveillance Aircraft

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    The US Navy successfully tested a new advanced biofuel this month on a Boeing EA-18 "Green Growler" aircraft, a surveillance version of the Super-Hornet, the US Naval Institute reported on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft, a specialized version of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet.

    "[T]he EA-18G ‘Green Growler’ completed flight testing of a 100-percent advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland," the report stated. "What we have seen is that the 100-percent bio-JP-5 appears to be basically transparent. It looks just like petroleum JP-5 in the airplane. So far, everything looks good and we haven't noticed a difference," flight test engineer Mary Picard told USNI.

    The catalytic hydrothermal conversion-to-jet process 100 percent alternative fuel performed as expected on the first test flight, Naval Air Systems Command engineer Rick Kamin told the US Naval Institute.

    The fuel is produced by Florida-based Applied Research Associates and Chevron Lummus Global and uses the same feedstocks as the Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids 50-percent biofuel blend previously approved by the Navy, Kamen added.


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