WASHINGTON, Sept 12, 2006 – A B-52 powered by a mix of synthetic and JP-8 fuel is slated to take its historic first flight Sept. 19 from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., bringing the Air Force one step closer to reducing its dependence on foreign fuel.
"This is an extremely important moment for the Department of Defense," said Michael A. Aimone, the Air Force's assistant deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations and mission support.
"Our goal is to by 2016 have 50 percent of our aviation fuel coming from alternative fuel sources," he emphasized.
As the Defense Department's largest consumer of aviation fuel, the Air Force has taken the lead in the research of alternative fuel sources such as coal and biomass. The Air Force consumes 58% of all aviation fuels consumed by the services.
According to Aimone, energy is both an economic and national security issue, which is why the Air Force has developed a comprehensive energy strategy.
"The Air Force is conducting a flight test using a B-52 powered by synthetic JP-8 to demonstrate our commitment to the President's vision of becoming less dependent on foreign oil," Aimone said.