I love the smell of AVTUR, no, Lavender, in the morning!

Seems the greener RAF may be getting quite fragrant in the future.

'Britain’s Royal Air Force has set a goal of becoming the first military service in the world to register and certify a zero-carbon aircraft.

'The service has already tapped industry for exploitable technology to start replacing a fleet of RAF light training aircraft. If the program goes as planned, Britain could have their first zero-carbon platform flying by around 2027, according to a market exploration document released in July by the government’s Defence and Security Accelerator organization. “The decision has been taken to ensure that the next generation aircraft will produce zero carbon emissions at the point of use. This target must be achieved through more environmentally sympathetic aircraft using a sustainable fuel source such as electric or hydrogen; the goal is to achieve the first military registered and certified zero-carbon aircraft in the world,” the DASA document read. “An entry into service date of circa 2027 is anticipated.”

'An RAF spokesman told Defense News on July 22 that “there are three options running on this timeline. However, for commercial reasons we are not able to offer any detail at this stage." Flying the RAF’s current assets with a 50-50 mix is already possible; the main reasons that hasn’t happened are supply limitations and price. Turner said SAF is currently up to four time more expensive than conventional Jet A-1 fuel, and Wigston said there’s a lack of “an assured supply.” To overcome those roadblocks, the service is looking to invest in a privately held company that produces a novel organic refining capability to generate a more stable and higher calorific fuel than Jet A-1 using apples and lavender.'


British Air Force aims to be world’s first service with certified zero-carbon aircraft
 
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NSP

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It's the government. It's going to end up powered like this, isn't it...

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theoriginalphantom

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It'll end up being fitted for, but not with, bio-fuel
 

Chef

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Fun fact:
Some of the wreckage of the R101 was used in the construction of the Hindenburg.
Although you can’t see it in the (black and white) photos, the smoke from the Hindenburg wreckage is purple.
I've just finished reading 'Slide rule' Nevil Shute's autobiography. Govt R101 versus Private enterprise's R100 amongst other bits of his life. The R101 was a disaster waiting to happen.

'The millionth chance' by James Leasor is also informative.
 
Get rid of the RAF. All that money saved, all that real estate transformed into cheap, affordable housing for the 30 billion Africans heading our way, and no more embarrassment from a once fine organisation that's been wrecked and transformed into somethin akin to a woke youth club. They shoot horses for less.

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FO Rupert Farkwarson Jones Smyth becomes the first Royal Air Force officer to qualify on the RAF’s new zero carbon aircraft, the Shitabrick F1 took its maiden flight over Daddy’s lawn today.
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jinxy

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Get rid of the RAF. All that money saved, all that real estate transformed into cheap, affordable housing for the 30 billion Africans heading our way, and no more embarrassment from a once fine organisation that's been wrecked and transformed into somethin akin to a woke youth club. They shoot hor
Fun fact:
Some of the wreckage of the R101 was used in the construction of the Hindenburg.
Although you can’t see it in the (black and white) photos, the smoke from the Hindenburg wreckage is purple.
It takes a while for some stuff to sink in with those in powere.
 
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