Air Force tests jet using Colorado-made biofuel
An Air Force A-10 Thunder Bolt jet using Alcohol to Jet fuel provided by Colorado's Gevo took off from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida on June 28.
The U.S. Air Force has flown the first successful test flight using a type of biofuel provided by Colorado’s Gevo Inc.
The single-seat, twin-engine Air Force A-10 Thunder Bolt jet flew June 28 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
It was powered by a 50-50 blend of “alcohol-to-jet” (ATJ) fuel, produced from isobutanol, and JP-8, a type of jet fuel, provided by Douglas County-based Gevo (Nasdaq: GEVO), the company said Tuesday. The jet was flown through a series of flight test maneuvers.
“This is a great accomplishment for the USAF, Gevo and the biofuels industry. We’ve validated that ATJ from isobutanol is a clean burning, homegrown, drop-in jet fuel,” Chris Ryan, Gevo’s president and COO, said in a statement.
The test flight, Ryan added, “has taken the industry one step closer to full commercialization. We remain committed to commercialization and believe we have the most economic route to deliver aviation biofuels at scale.”
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