Navy’s Green Hornet to Launch Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Navy’s specially designed F/A-18 jet, known as the Green Hornet, will take off over the Chesapeake Bay and will make the first attempt to break the sound barrier powered by biofuels.  A modified version of the Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet, the Green Hornet is powered by a blend of 50% petroleum and 50% biofuel, specifically, oil refined from the crushed seeds of the flowering Camelina sativa plant.  This is the first step in the Navy’s goal that half of naval energy consumption will come from alternative sources by 2020.  Not only good for the environment, it will help reduce dependency on foreign oil sources.

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