Blue Angels Go Green

Demonstration squad will use biofuel

By Jason Austell
|  Thursday, Sep 1, 2011  |  Updated 12:19 PM PDT
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Blue Angels Go Green

U.S. Navy

In this handout image provided by the U.S. Navy, a formation of F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly over San Diego Harbor while participating in the Parade of Flight, an air show showcasing historic and current Naval aircraft in celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation February 12, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Navy is observing the Centennial of Naval Aviation with a series of nationwide events celebrating 100 years of heritage, progress and achievement in naval aviation. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Roland A. Franklin/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

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This weekend at their air show in Patuxent River, Maryland the Blue Angels will be going green.

For the first time ever, the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron will incorporate Biofuel with their standard petroleum-based jet fuel.

While the Navy has experimented with Biofuels in some of their other aircraft, this will be the first time all six Blue Angel F-18 Hornets have flown burning the Biofuel mix.

Last month Blue Angels Commanding Officer Captain Craig McWherter flew his F-18 utilizing the mix of fuels, and he noted that there were no noticeable performance differences from inside the cockpit.

“This weekend’s performance is the ultimate demonstration of the Navy’s commitment to reducing dependence on foreign oil, as well as safeguarding our environment through the incorporation of cleaner, more sustainable and renewable energy sources,” said MC3 Andrew Johnson of the Blue Angels’ public affairs office.
 

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