The Air Force expects to make history on March 25, 2010, when an A-10 aircraft taking off from Eglin AFB, Fla., becomes the first airplane powered solely by a biomass-derived jet fuel blend. For this test, both of the A-10's engines will be running on a mixture of conventional JP-8 jet fuel and oil from the camelina plant, which is related to cabbage and broccoli. Air Force officials say utilizing biofuels, which are derived either from plant oil or animal fat, is one means of lessening the nation's dependence on foreign sources of energy and reducing atmospheric pollutants. Here, an A-10 lands at Udon Thani Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, after a training mission during the Cope Tiger 2010 exercise, March 5, 2010.
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