The Long-ESA making its record-breaking 202.6 mph flight above Inyokern Airport
Chip Yates celebrates breaking the 200 mph barrier in his electric Long-ESA aircraft
Chip Yates narrowly averted disaster after a dead battery cell killed the aircraft's propulsion during his final turn toward runway 33, but managed to land safely
Screen shot from the on-board MoTeC ECU showing the data from the record run
The last time we caught up with electric vehicle pioneer Chip Yates, he was in the latter stages of his pilot training that would allow him to fly a yet-to-be-designed electric aircraft from New York to Paris along the same route taken by Charles Lindbergh. Having already claimed the crown for the world's fastest electric motorcycle in 2011, he has now stamped his seal on the title of first manned electric airplane to break the 200 mph barrier in level flight.
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