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HISTORY was made on 2 October when an L-29 ex-military aircraft completed the world's first jet flight powered solely by 100% biodiesel fuel. The flight was made from Reno-Stead Airport in the Nevada desert by Green Flight International.
9 NOV 07: FIRST FLIGHT FOR BIO-DIESEL JET
The experimental test flights started with a blend of jet fuel and biodiesel. Engine performance was evaluated and found acceptable for continued use, eventually resulting in the landmark flight.
According to Chief Pilot Carol Sugars, who wrote and conducted the test program, "As we gradually increased the amount of biodiesel in the fuel blend, the data confirmed that the aircraft continued to perform well, giving me the confidence to transition to 100% biodiesel."
Flight tests were conducted up to an altitude of 17,000 feet showing no significant difference in performance compared to conventional jet fuel.
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