RAF completes UK’s first flight using 100% sustainable fuel | UK News

In a ‘breakthrough moment’ for aviation, the Royal Air Force (RAF) has successfully tested the UK’s first flight using 100% sustainable fuel.

The RAF Voyager – the military equivalent of the Airbus A330 – flew over Oxfordshire using waste fuel, including used cooking oil.

Sustainable aviation fuel, known as SAF, has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by up to 80%, according to the RAF.

It is hoped that their use will promote Royal Air Force Move closer to its net-zero emissions target by 2040 while reducing reliance on global supply chains.

The voyage is not only the UK’s first, but the world’s first to use fully sustainable fuel for a military aircraft of its size.

Embargoed until Friday 18th November 1800 An RAF Voyager landed after her maiden flight in the UK at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, using 100% sustainable aviation fuel for the first time in the world large aircraft. Image date: Wednesday 16 November 2022.

Defense Secretary Baroness Goldie described it as a “breakthrough moment” for the RAF.

She said: “Through the RAF’s pioneering spirit, expertise and collaboration with UK industry, UK science and engineering is leading the way in improving operational resilience and developing future operational capabilities in a climate-changing world.

“They should be proud of this achievement – this is a breakthrough moment for the RAF and an exciting development for the Ministry of Defense (MoD).”

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Flight Lieutenant Nick Dehnel from the Royal Air Force collaborated with Carlos M San Millan and Pedro Martin from Airbus to engineer the feat.

It is the world’s first successful flight of a small aircraft powered by synthetic fuel, following a 90-minute flight from RAF Brize Norton last November.

Synthetic fuels are made from water and carbon dioxide, and are put under pressure and passed through with an electric current.

Embargoed until Friday 18 November 1800 Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sir Mike Wigston (right) welcomes Flight Test Engineer Flight Lieutenant Nick Durnell (second from right) and the rest of the crew as they aboard a RAF Voyager then disembarked to take part in the world's first flight on 100% sustainable aviation fuel at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, UK, using a large aircraft. Image date: Wednesday 16 November 2022.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sir Mike Wigston (right) welcomes flight test engineer Flight Lieutenant Nick Durnell

Air Marshal Sir Mike Wigston described the flight as another “significant milestone” towards becoming the world’s first net-zero air force by 2040.

Baroness Vere, aviation secretary at the Department for Transport (DfT), said the success of the test flight was “a victory for the planet and a testament to British ingenuity”.

She added that the UK’s Department for Transport had launched a £165m fund aimed at boosting the sustainable fuel industry towards the first net-zero transatlantic flight next year.

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