USAF C-17 Makes First Transcontinental Flight on 50-50 Synfuel Blend
18 December 2007
A US Air Force C-17 has completed the first transcontinental flight of an aircraft using a 50-50 blend of JP-8 and Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuel.
The C-17 Globemaster III lifted off shortly before dawn at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., and arrived in the early afternoon at McGuire AFB, N.J., where it was greeted by Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne, New Jersey Rep. Jim Saxton, and a number of officials from both the airline and energy industries.
The flight follows successful tests of the fuel blend in C-17 engines in October, and is the next step in the Air Force’s effort to have its entire C-17 fleet certified to use the mixture. Air Force officials certified B-52 Stratotankers to use the mixture in August, and hope to certify the fuel blend for use in all its aircraft within the next five years.
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