PUTTING INYOKERN ON THE MAP: Pilot Chip Yates of Flight of the Century broke the world record for speed in an electric airplane on July 19 at Inyokern Airport. Yates and his engineers converted Burt Rutan

PUTTING INYOKERN ON THE MAP: Pilot Chip Yates of Flight of the Century broke the world record for speed in an electric airplane on July 19 at Inyokern Airport. Yates and his engineers converted Burt Rutan's Long EZ into electric power — renaming the craft "Long ESA" for Electric Speed & Altitude. Yates broke the record only seven days after getting his pilot's license, and in his second flight in the Long ESA. Yates spent the week of July 21-28 presenting at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisc., where more than half a million flight enthusiasts gathered to see and hear the latest developments in experimental aircraft. Yates plans to return to IYK to continue developing his battery technology, which he hopes will eventually sustain indefinite flight for drones. HIs next goals in electric flight include setting the world record for altitude and duplicating Lindberg's historic flight across the Atlantic.

-- Photo by Laura Farris Austin
  • First Posted: 2012-07-25