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- ‘They became the last US Navy Fleet aircraft to utilize avgas and to require bridles for carrier launches.’
- ‘In the two years to June, the price of avgas, the fuel used by small piston aircraft, increased by 80%.’
- ‘Other sectors to have suffered include regional tourism with avgas (aviation gas) and avtur fuels costing more than US $100 a barrel.’
- ‘You could be selecting fuel lines that have just enough avgas left to get a couple hundred feet off the ground before the engine quits.’
- ‘Typical of the Pacific, not everyone had gotten the message about the lack of avgas, since no NOTAM had been issued.’
1940s: from av(iation) + gas.
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