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Bill Lear Jr. Dead At 81

Started by Trevor Hale, December 20, 2009, 09:10:05 pm

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December 20, 2009, 09:10:05 pm Last Edit: December 20, 2009, 09:11:36 pm by Trevor Hale

Bill Lear, son of William P. Lear, legendary designer and developer of the Learjet business jet, died at the age of 81 Dec. 14, reports the East Volusia News. Lear Jr.'s life is detailed in his autobiography,"Fly Fast...Sin Boldly -- Flying, Spying and Surviving." Spanning a lifetime of aviation, Lear began flying at age 15. In 1946, then17-year-old Lear Jr. borrowed $1250 from his father, purchased a brand new Lockheed P-38 from the War Assets Administration and soon became the youngest pilot to race the aircraft in the Bendix Trophy races. He never graduated high school, but eventually worked as president of Learjet International. He served three years of active duty with the United States Air Force in Germany and wrote later that he was also involved in covert gun running designed to undermine Soviet activities during the Cold War. Most recently before his death, Lear blogged on current political issues.
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I posted it over at our Lear hangar as well.

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