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RAF and synthetic fuel flight

Group Captain Willy Hackett flies the world’s first flight
powered by 100% synthetic fuel – UK MoD © Crown copyright 2021
Second left, Group Captain Peter ‘Willy’ Hackett with, centre, Guinness World Records adjudicator Glenn Pollard after successful completion of the flight – UK MoD © Crown copyright 2021

The RAF and Zero Petroleum have won a Guinness World Record for the world’s first successful flight using only synthetic fuel.
In a world-first, an Ikarus C42 microlight aircraft flown by Group Captain Peter Hackett, completed a short flight powered by synthetic gasoline at Kemble Airfield, Cotswold Airport, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, earlier this month.

Zero Petroleum’s synthetic UL91 fuel is manufactured by extracting hydrogen from water and carbon from atmospheric carbon dioxide. Using energy generated from sources such as wind or solar, these are combined to create the synthetic fuel.

This innovation is part of the RAF’s Project MARTIN and has the potential to save 80-90% of carbon per flight, supporting the RAF’s vision that synthetic fuels will have a major role in powering the fast jets of the future.