25 February 2008

Jet engine powered by Branson's hot air

A380 with port outer test engine for new fuel
At the beginning of the month a giant A380 Airbus made the first ever flight by a commercial aircraft with one of its four engines powered by synthetic fuel (which can be made from a range of hydrocarbon source material including natural gas or organic plant matter).

I wrote about it, and I expect others did, but I don't remember seeing any other reports.

Yesterday a Virgin jet did the same thing and it made headline news on TV, radio and in all the papers.

There are subtle differences between the two flights but I would suggest the major difference is that one of them was powered by Sir Richard Branson's formidable PR charisma.

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