RENO, NV -- The push toward renewable fuel has taken to the air.
Aviation history was made in Reno, Nevada with the first jet flight powered by 100% biodiesel fuel.
On the airstrip, pilots prepared a vintage Czechoslovakian plane to fly into the record books.
It's not the plane but the fuel that made this an historic flight.
It was the worlds first jet flight, powered entirely on biodiesel fuel made from vegetable oil.
Rudi Wiedemann of Biodiesel Solutions said, "We're pioneering aviation on renewable fuel. How cool is that."
The flight was a step toward new possibilities for renewable energy in aviation.
"This is a-s-t-m quality biodiesel. That means this is pure enough and clean enough that I can reach in here and drink it," said Wiedemann
Using salad oil converted into biodiesel fuel, the plane reached an altitude of 17,000 feet. The altitude is important so engineers can see how the fuel would react in colder temperatures.
Green Flight International conducted the test flight.
Green Flight is a company that promotes environmentally friendly aviation fuel.
While celebrating, the pilots were already set to accomplish another goal.
A trans-continental flight from California to Florida with 100% biodiesel fuel is scheduled for later this month.
They hope this will be the first of many record-breaking events using alternatives to petroleum-based fuels.
The founder of Greenflight International said the goal of the test flights is not to replace petroleum-based fuel completely, but to implement biofuel into mainstream transportation systems.
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