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Purdue jet makes historic flight

Purdue continues its efforts to develop a practical biofuel for jet engines.

Over the weekend the university’s Embraer Phenom 100 made a historic flight to the the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Wisconsin.

One of the aircraft’s engines was powered by traditional jet aviation fuel.

The other contained a biofuel blend prepared by the U.S. Air Force.

University officials say it’s the first time a university-owned jet has flown using biofuel.

Purdue's Air Transport Institute for Environmental Sustainability is partnering with a company this fall to produce renewable aviation fuel using corn stover.

It’s part of an effort to bring down the cost of biofuels.

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