(Now w/More Stupidity) Unprecedented Stupidity at HuffPo
1:13 PM, Oct 30, 2007 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
On the fuel issue, the author seems to go back and forth about what fuel is used where and how. As mentioned above, nuclear aircraft carriers use uranium rods for fuel and have no emissions. Most Navy surface combatants have gas turbine engines (essentially jet engines for ships) and burn jet fuel. Smaller Navy ships typically have diesel engines and the majority of Navy support ships burn oil. On the issue of fuel, Navy aircraft use JP-5 (because of the higher flashpoint) when operating at sea.
"Supersonic aircraft, like the Super Hornet, the F-111 and the F-22 Raptor, create pollution 5.4 times more corrosive to the environment than conventional aircraft." First of all, I'm pretty sure the only nation that flies the F-111 anymore is Australia. By the way, Mr. Sanders also references the F-4 which is no longer operated by the U.S. military either. Secondly, the speed of sound has nothing to do with the emissions of an airplane. It's the airplane engine that is emitting gasses no matter what the regime of flight. If I am in an F-18 in full afterburner at 100 knots the motors on that aircraft are making essentially the same emissions as that aircraft in full afterburner at Mach 1.5. Emissions from an engine are entirely related to power setting and not speed of flight. Military engines are designed for higher performance, and thus higher fuel burn and emissions rates, than conventional engines. You could not throw a high bypass relatively fuel efficient airline engine into a tactical fighter and have the same performance. The missions for which those engines are designed are completely different.