MH 60s Seahawk in action

Armed and ready for action, the U.S. Navy's Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk helicopters are fear-inducing machines. However, we'd be willing to bet that most of the U.S.' opponents have no clue that this bird can take to the skies powered by algal-derived fuels.

Recently, the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated that Solazyme's algal-derived fuel, Solajet HRJ-5, can power the MH-60S helicopter. Though nothing more than a test flight running on a 50/50 blend of Solajet and petroleum-derived fuel, the airborne MH-60S marks the first military aircraft to successfully fly on a mixture containing algal-based fuel.

The U.S. Navy's test flight preceded ASTM International's announcement that it had approved biofuel fuel for use in commercial aviation. To date, Solazyme is reportedly the only company providing the U.S. Navy with algae-derived aviation and marine fuels.

[Source: Green Car Congress]