A special formulation of jet fuel
, used widely for naval forces
. (Primary jet fuel for United States Navy
and Marine Corps
) Also known as NATO
, this kerosene
-like fuel has a flash-point
of about 140 degrees F, and if poured out in a line on a suitable combustion
surface, it would burn with a flame spread
of 100 feet per minute.
Unlike JP8, which is used by the Air Force, JP5 does not contain any anti-static additive. JP5 is less combustible than JP8, and thus tends to be used aboard naval vessels where fire-safety dictates such a high flash-point.
Although jet fuel is widely assumed to be highly explosive, it is generally hard to ignite, and may not even burn when a lighted match is touched to it.
This fuel is also one of the approved fuels for the turbine-powered M1-A1 Abrams combat tank.