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Boeing, US Navy to Fly Biofuel-powered F-18

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. --- The Green Hornet, an F/A-18 Super Hornet fueled with a 50/50 mixture of biofuel made from camelina oil, will fly on Earth Day, April 22, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

Following the flight, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus will deliver remarks.

This is one of 15 flights to certify the use of an alternative fuel for U.S. Navy aircraft.

"The flight will demonstrate that our systems can work on biofuel," said Mabus. "After it is successful, and we are absolutely confident that it will be, we will move to expand biofuel testing to our marine gas turbine engines and to the engines of our tactical vehicles."

Navy.mil will provide live video of the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration of the 'Green Hornet,' an FA-18 Super Hornet fueled with a 50/50 biofuel blend, on Earth Day, April 22.

The live coverage of the event at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., will be available at http://www.ebmcdn.net/nmc/asx/green-hornet/green-hornet-0410.asx at approximately 1400 p.m. April 22.


The 'Green Hornet' initiative supports Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus' energy reform targets, which will increase the Navy's warfighting capability by reducing reliance on fossil fuels from unstable locations and reducing volatility associated with long fuel supply transport lines.

The 'Green Hornet' is an environmental and energy concept that reaches beyond the element of alternative fuels and encompasses efforts ranging from operational and policy through technology research and development. (ends)

Green Hornet to Fly on Earth Day