F-15 Flies With SynFuel; Pilot Reports Performance Equal to JP-8

Beginning with a 15,000-foot, afterburner-assisted vertical climb, then climaxed by a four-minute supersonic dash from Columbus to Dublin, Robins Air Force Base officials put the historic finishing touches Wednesday on the use of synthetic fuel in an F-15 fighter aircraft.

The afternoon flight was a carbon copy of Tuesday’s test. Both proved that the high performance fighter will perform normally when powered by a 50-50 mix of traditional JP-8 jet fuel and a synthetic made from natural gas.

It was the Air Force’s – and the world’s – first test of a supersonic fighter using the synthetic fuel. The fuel mix already is certified for use on much larger B-52, B-1 and C-17 aircraft.

Read the entire article at the Macon Sun News

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