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July 3, 2012 - On Thursday, the 40th Flight Test Squadron made history flying the first aircraft to use a new fuel blend derived from alcohol. "The A-10 is the first aircraft ever to fly on this fuel," said Jeff Braun, Chief for the Air Force Alternative Fuel Certification Division, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
"It flew like a usual A-10 would without any issues," said Maj. Olivia Elliott, an A-10 pilot and an evaluator for the mission. The fuel, known as ATJ (Alcohol-to-Jet) is the third alternative fuel to be evaluated by the Air Force for fleet wide use as a replacement for standard petroleum derived JP-8 aviation fuel.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
The only thing is that the oil industry is getting upset by all this, so Congress passed a bill that the military can't buy biofuels unless they are cheaper than petroleum based fuels, trying to force them to use traditional fuels.