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November 19, 2021 | International, Aerospace

British Air Force hails first-ever test flight using only synthetic fuel

The successful flight by senior RAF test pilot Group Captain Peter Hackett has been logged by Guinness World Records.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/11/17/british-air-force-hails-first-ever-test-flight-using-only-synthetic-fuel

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