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A first: UAV runs on biofuel

A Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout recently completed the first unmanned biofuel flight. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flew from an airfield in Maryland on a combination of JP-5 aviation fuel and fuel made from camelliea, a flowering plant native to Asia. The Navy says Fire Scout is the seventh and final aircraft to demonstrate the versatility of biofuel through its use in all facets of naval aviation.
U. S. Navy photo by Kelly Schindler

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