Gas Guzzlers

The Air Force looks for economy at the pump.

A KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon in the skies over New Mexico. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Jeffrey Allen, USAF) (Air Force)
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Another benefit of Fischer-Tropsch fuel is lower emissions. Compared to petroleum-based fuel, tests show the synthetic one produces less carbon dioxide, fewer particulates, and no sulfur. That, combined with its lower price, makes the Air Force eager to start filling tankers with the stuff as soon as possible.

Mike Harbour is a freelance writer in Helena, Montana who specializes in transportation subjects.


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