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Air Force plans to expand jet-fuel testing

An Air Force test to see how military cargo planes perform using commercial jet fuel is going so well, the test has been extended into a second year and will expand to fighters

ike Thiede, a fuels quality assurance specialist with the  Aerospace Fuels Laboratory, uses a jet fuel thermal oxidation tester to  test samples of “Jet A” fuel in a lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force  Base, Ohio Air Force Petroleum Agency researchers have launched an  initiative to evaluate the use of commercial jet fuel in place of  military standard “JP-8” fuel

Derek Kaufman / Air Force Mike Thiede, a fuels quality assurance specialist with the Aerospace Fuels Laboratory, uses a jet fuel thermal oxidation tester to test samples of “Jet A” fuel in a lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio Air Force Petroleum Agency researchers have launched an initiative to evaluate the use of commercial jet fuel in place of military standard “JP-8” fuel

The Air Force wants to learn what happens when planes use commercial “Jet A” fuel instead of the Air Force’s specialized fuel, “JP-8” If the Air Force switches worldwide to Jet A, the service hopes it will save about $40 million annually

As of December, the Air Force had pumped 140 million gallons of Jet A — about 6 percent of the service’s annual fuel consumption — into planes flying out of four bases: Dover Air Force Base, Del; Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash; and Minneapolis-St Paul Air National Guard Station, Minn

Air and ground crews reported no problems from Jet A, said Andre Kok, a spokesman for the Air Staff’s mission support directorate at the Pentagon

The test continues into 2011, with the goal of adding six bases by the summer and including fighters on the list of planes using Jet A The bases have not been selected, Kok said

The Air Force began using JP-8 in the 1970s because additives made the fuel less corrosive and more resistant to cold than the commercial fuel available at the time Since then, Jet A had improved and many engines on military planes were designed to run on Jet A

By Bruce Rolfsen - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 10, 2011 13:18:35 EST


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