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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 04/22/2010

Navy tests plant-powered jet

By Washington Post editors

The Navy says it's testing a fighter jet that's designed to do everything such an aircraft should — while conserving fossil fuel.

The F/A-18 Super Hornet — dubbed the "Green Hornet" by the Navy — was scheduled for an Earth Day test flight Thursday at Patuxtent River Naval Air Station.

The plane burns a 50 percent biofuel blend derived from seeds of the camelina sativa (kah-mah-LEE-nah sah-TEE-vah) plant, which is in the mustard family.

The Navy says it expects to see no difference between the Green Hornet's performance and fighters burning jet fuel.

The test is part of a program aimed at creating a "Great Green Fleet" composed of nuclear, hybrid and biofuel-powered ships and aircraft by 2016.
-- Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Tags:  Aircraft, Biofuel, Earth Day, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Fossil fuel, Military, Navy, United States Navy  
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