Synthetic fuel blend certified for B-52 use

The United States Air Force (USAF) has certified a 50/50 blend of Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthetic jet fuel and JP-8 fuel for operational use in all B-52H Stratofortress aircraft.

The USAF plans to test and certify every airframe to fly on a domestically produced synthetic fuel blend by early 2011. The next aircraft to be certified for FT fuel is the C-17 Globemaster III, which Australia now operates.

RAAF C-17

Royal Australian Air Force C-17

Recently, the USAF ordered 281,000 gallons of synthetic fuel for further testing on the C-17 and B-1 Lancer engines in the coming year. NASA is also interested in synthetic fuels and will receive 9,000 gallons of synthetic fuel from the Air Force so they can begin evaluating its use in various engines and systems.

Previous posts: Alternative fuels for aviation, Syntroleum to supply renewable jet fuel to U.S. Defense

Source: Secretary of the Air Force

Advertisements

One Response

  1. […] tests synthetic fuel blend for C-17 certification November 08th, 2007 In a previous post I highlighted the fact that the United States Air Force (USAF) had certified a 50/50 blend of […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: