Nu e vorba de vreo competitie, vreun dog fight sau de ceva pozitiv.

Super Hornetul a picat langa o baza aeriana din California si din pacate ambii membri ai echipajului au fost ucisi. Avionul efectua un zbor de rutina si nu se cunosc inca cauzele dezastrului. F/A-18 Super Hornet este principalul avion de lupta a marinei, fiind ultima versiune a Hornetului care inca mai zboara.

Flankerul a picat in timpul unei aterizari la o baza aeriana din apropiere de Vladivostok dar pilotul s-a catapultat si nu a suferit decat rani minore. Investigatiile vor dura o luna de zile conform oficialilor rusi si pana atunci au fost suspendate toate zborurile Su-27. Proiectat ca un competitor direct al F-15-ului american, Su-27 a fost construit in peste 450 de exemplare dintre care aproape jumatate au fost virate catre partenerii traditionali ai Rusiei. De remarcat ca mai multe astfel de aparate au fost pierdute in ultimii ani in incidente legate de erori de pilotaj sau defectiuni tehnice.

Sursa: Ria

Viespea Verde a zburat cu "biogaz"

Sursa: Defense

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – The Green Hornet, an F/A-18 Super Hornet fueled with a 50/50 mixture of biofuel made from camelina oil, will fly on Earth Day, April 22, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

The ‘Green Hornet’ is an environmental and energy concept that reaches beyond the element of alternative fuels and encompasses efforts ranging from operational and policy through technology research and development.

The Navy plans a total of 17 flights as part of the certification program. The Air Force is undergoing similar testing and held its first demonstration flight with an A-10 Thunderbolt II in March. The aircraft also flew with a 50/50 blend of Green Jet Fuel made from camelina and petroleum-derived military jet fuel in both engines.

„These flights are critical to demonstrating the viability of fuels made from non-food, sustainable feedstocks and enabling the certification of Green Jet Fuel for military aircraft,” said Jennifer Holmgren, vice president and general manager of UOP’s Renewable Energy & Chemicals business. „We have already proven that our technology produces a viable fuel in commercial flight applications and look forward to the results of these certification tests.”

Honeywell UOP’s Green Jet Fuel process technology was originally developed in 2007 under a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to produce renewable military jet fuel for the U.S. military.

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