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The U.S. Air Force Dares You to Laugh At Their Biofuel

Submitted by on March 5, 2012 – 3:59 pmNo Comment

by Tina Casey (Talking Points Memo)  Republicans recently had themselves a good laugh over President Obama’s enthusiasm for biofuel made from algae, but they might want to stifle that chuckle when it comes to another modest-seeming but potentially important feedstock for biofuel, camelina.

The weedy little plant is slowly but steadily growing a fan base in the U.S. Air Force.
As reported by the Air Force’s Tech. Sgt. Mareshah Haynes on Wednesday, the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing has been conducting extensive field tests of a 50-50 blend of camelina biofuel and conventional fuel on F-16 fighter jets and so far the results are promising.

The test program builds on a series of public demonstrations last year by the Air Force’s iconic Thunderbirds aerial team, which also used F-16s fueled with a 50-50 blend.  READ MORE

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