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Thunderbirds Soar with Honeywell Biofuel


Always a showstopper, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds’ stunning demonstrations have wowed crowds with daring flight maneuvers and perfect synchronizations. Representing the Air Force around the globe, the Thunderbirds are a symbol of American ingenuity, superior air power and skill.

In the spirit of the Air Force’s cutting-edge technology and sense of duty, the Thunderbirds will fly its Joint Services Open House demonstration today and tomorrow with a reduced carbon footprint. Honeywell’s Green Jet Fuel will fuel two Air Force F-16s at the event.

“The Air Force has clearly shown its commitment to diversified sources of energy through biofuels testing and certification,” said Jim Rekoske, vice president and general manager of renewable energy and chemicals for Honeywell’s UOP. “We are proud to have successfully supported each of these efforts and that the Thunderbirds can continue their superior legacy using our Green Jet Fuel.”

The 50/50 blend of green jet fuel is made from camelina and regular jet fuels. Honeywell Green Jet fuel is used in Air Force C-17s and can also be used with the A-10 Thunderbolts, F-15 Eagles and the F-22 Raptors.

Honeywell began supplying the Air Force with alternative fuels under a U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and Energy program. With the final fuel delivery completed in May 2011, under the program Honeywell supplied the military with 400,000 gallons of Green Jet Fuel.

The Joint Services Open House will be held at Andrews Air Force May 21 and 22, and is open to the public. Today’s events are limited to Defense Department employees and school groups.


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