A passenger-less Continental 737, half-fueled with regular stuff and half-fueled with fuel made from biofuel, took off from IAH a little after noon and spent almost two hours flying over the Gulf.
No problems were reported; in fact the biofuel -- derived from algae -- was a little more efficient than the regular jet fuel, Continental officials said.
Here's what Jay Leno will say about it tonight:
"Algae? Why don't they just use that piece of lettuce they stick under your sandwich? Am I right? It's not like anyone eats that thing!"
"Everything went perfectly normal with the flight. It was delayed on the tarmac for two hours before it took off!"
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"I'm not saying Continental knows more about this than me, but I know the in-flight movie I would've shown would not have been Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!"
"I don't know about you, but if I'm depending on some vegetable-type stuff to keep my plane in the air, I'm going with beans, you know what I mean -- at least then you know you'll be dealing with gas!!"
"Algae? I tell ya, what they should do is figure out a way to use all that hot air in Washington to power planes!! Am I right?"
-- Richard Connelly