Voyager a Royal Air Force air-to-air refueling tanker made history on made history on November 16 as it flew in the sky over RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK. It becomes the world’s first military flight that runs entirely on sustainable fuel for both engines. The plane made history on November 16 in the sky over RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK,
The RAF, Defense Equipment and Support agency, Airbus, British aircraft leasing company AirTanker, and Rolls-Royce carried out a 90-minute test flight with RAF Captain Jesus Ruiz at the controls of an A330 airliner. The flight was part of a partnership by the SAF with Air BP, which is a part of British BP.
The recent test comes after a C42 microlight aircraft was flown by the RAF on November 2, 2021, using a synthetic UL91 fuel made by British energy company Zero Petroleum from water and carbon dioxide. It is known as Ester Fatty Acid Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (HEFA SPK).
The RAF has a particular interest in fuels that can be made from waste materials or basic chemicals because they are not only better for the environment, but they also offer a potential solution to forward bases. These bases may one day be able to manufacture their own fuel, rather than having to depend on expensive and potentially vulnerable supply lines.
The RAF is interested in such fuels that can be made from waste materials or basic chemicals because they are not only more environmentally friendly, but they also hold the potential for forward bases to one day be able to manufacture their own fuel rather than depending on expensive and vulnerable supply lines.
According to Ruiz, “From the crew perspective, the SAF operation was ‘transparent,’ meaning that no differences were observed operationally. The test plan was exhaustive and robust and has allowed us to compare SAF [sustainable aviation fuel] with JET1 [aviation fuel]. We feel very proud to be a small part of this huge step for sustainable aviation.”
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