The auto-ignition characteristics of two distillate jet fuels and fifteen alternative fuels (including fuel blends) were investigated using shock-tube/laser-absorption methods. Ignition delay times were measured behind reflected shock waves over a range of temperatures, 1047-1520 K, and equivalence ratios, 0.25-2.2, in two pressure and mixture regimes: for fuel/air mixtures at 2.07-8.27 atm, and for fuel/4% oxygen(O-2)/ argon(Ar) mixtures at 15.9-44.0 atm. In both pressure ranges, the ignition delay times of the alternative fuels and the blends with conventional fuels were found to be similar to those of conventional fuels but with some small systematic differences manifesting the different fuel types. In particular, for alternative aviation fuels, alcohol-to-jet fuels were found to be generally less reactive than Fischer-Tropsch paraffinic kerosenes or hydro-processed renewable jet fuels. Comparisons were also made of the ignition delay time data with detailed kinetic modeling for selected fuels. These comparisons show that existing multi-component surrogate/mechanism combinations can successfully predict the behavior of these fuels over the conditions studied. For those fuels lacking kinetic models, the current ignition delay time measurements provide useful target data for development and validation of relevant surrogate mixtures and reaction mechanisms. (C) 2014 The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.