USAF to Demonstrate Commercial Jet Fuel for Military Use

10 November 2009 (Last Updated November 10th, 2009 18:30)

US Air Force Petroleum Agency (AFPA) researchers are to conduct demonstrations of how to use commercially available jet fuel (jet A fuel) instead of military standard JP-8 fuel for military aircraft. If successful, the shift will decrease dependence on military-specification products, s

US Air Force Petroleum Agency (AFPA) researchers are to conduct demonstrations of how to use commercially available jet fuel (jet A fuel) instead of military standard JP-8 fuel for military aircraft.

If successful, the shift will decrease dependence on military-specification products, simplify the fuel supply chain and save money for the air force.

Demonstration will include the ability to inject military-specific fuel additives into jet A before use.

By injecting the fuel system icing inhibitor further forward in the supply chain, the quantities can be reduced by nearly 60%.

AFPA researchers are partnering with those in the fuel industry to test several additive injection systems at various points in the supply chain.

The demonstrations of jet A fuel versus JP-8 fuel will take place at Dover Air Force Base, Little Rock AFB, McChord AFB and Minneapolis-St Paul Air Reserve Station.

Each base has C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III or C-130 Hercules primary-assigned aircraft.

The demonstrations will run for 12 months and will be followed by a business case analysis from data gathered to determine a future course of action.