MV-22 Osprey Flies High on Biofuel

The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps complete test flight in Maryland
By Erin Voegele | September 20, 2011

On Aug. 10, the Blackjacks of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 successfully flew a Marin Corps MV-22 Osprey at altitudes of up to 25,000 feet on a 50/50 blend of camelina-based and petroleum-based JP-5 aviation fuel. The test flight took place at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

“This is the first Marine Corps and tilt rotor aircraft to fly on biofuels,” said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. “This brings us one step closer to reducing our dependence on foreign oil and becoming more energy secure and independent.”

The MV-22 Osprey is a multimission aircraft flown by the Marine Corps that combines the functionality of a helicopter with the long range and high speed of a turboprop aircraft.

“As these types of biofuel certification tests continue on the Osprey and other aircraft, we continue to make steady progress toward the energy goals I laid out in October 2009,” said Mabus. “Those goals are aimed first at improving our warfighting capability and reducing our vulnerabilities, but they will also increase our energy efficiency and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy.” 

—Erin Voegele