For Chip Yates, it’s all about setting world records. Yates, who also holds the world record for the fastest run on an electric motorcycle at 200 mph, flew the Long-ESA electric airplane at the Inyokern Airport in California’s Mojave Desert this week. Yates was able fly the electric plane at the speed of 202.6 miles per hour, breaking the previous record of 175 mph.
The Long-ESA is actually an electric version of Burt Rutan’s Long-EZ. In case you didn’t know, Rutan is an aerospace engineer who won an X-Prize in 2004. But Chip Yates isn’t resting on his laurels yet as he intends to up the ante to even greater speeds. Yates is planning to share the details of the feat as well as his plans for a nonstop trans-Atlantic electric flight at the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin next week.
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