26-Aug-2011 Source: US Navy
The Navy and Marine Corps team reached another milestone toward achieving the Secretary of the Navyâ€™s energy goals by successfully flying a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey on biofuel Aug. 10 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
â€œThis is the first Marine Corps and tilt rotor aircraft to fly on biofuels,â€ said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. â€œThis brings us one step closer to reducing our dependence on foreign oil and becoming more energy secure and independent.â€
The â€œBlackjacksâ€ of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 flew the tilt rotor aircraft at altitudes of up to 25,000 feet on a 50/50 blend of camelina based and standard petroleum based JP-5 (aviation) fuel. The camelina sativa plant is a U.S. grown, non-food feedstock plant.
The MV-22 is a multi-mission aircraft, flown by the Marine Corps, and combines the functionality of a helicopter with the long range and high speed of a turboprop aircraft.
â€œAs these types of biofuel certification tests continue on the Osprey and other aircraft, we continue to make steady progress toward the energy goals I laid out in October 2009,â€ said Mabus. â€œThose goals are aimed first at improving our warfighting capability and reducing our vulnerabilities, but they will also increase our energy efficiency and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy.â€
â€œThe MV-22 testing builds upon our successful test flights of the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, F/A-18 C/D legacy Hornet, MH-60S Seahawk as well as extensive testing in the Navy’s Patuxent River fuels lab in demonstrating that Navy and Marine Corps aircraft can safely operate on fuel produced from renewable sources,â€ said Rick Kamin, the Navy Fuels lead.
For additional information about the Navyâ€™s energy, environmental and climate change initiatives, please visitÂ www.greenfleet.dodlive.mil.