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William Lear
History of the Lear Jet, From First Flight to Its Famous Round the World Record An Archive of scores of historical documents, some unpublished, showing great moments in its development and marketing
29/10/1963. This material was acquired directly from the Lear heirs and has never before been offered for sale.On October 7, 1963, Lear Jet, a company founded by Bill Lear, started test flights on the Learjet 23, the first mass-produced business jet. The first Lear Jet was sold in 1963; it could carry eight passengers at 560 mph and cost about $650,000 fully equipped - about $400,000 less than its competitors at the time.There was nothing on the civilian market that could come close to its performance. Suddenly anybody could own a jet and fly as fast as the airlines. The Lear Jet wasn’t the first civilian jet for sale, but the jets that came before were bigger, much more expensive and never came close to offering the same convenience as the smaller jets from Wichita. Lear Jet set the bar high for every jet that came after it.To demonstrate the capacity of the Lear Jet, Lear sent his son, pilot John Lear, and others, to fly the aircraft around the world, setting a record, and operating without additional fuel and within factory guidelines. The Smithsonian, which has the oldest surviving Lear Jet aircraft, notes, “Between May 23 and 26, 1966, the first Model 24, also the 150th production Lear Jet built, flew around the world and set or broke eighteen international aviation records. With Henry Beaird as pilot-in-command, Rick King and John O. Lear as alternates, and John Zimmerman as an observer, the flight of this aircraft covered a straight-line distance of 22,992.8 statute miles in 50 hours, 39 minutes of flight.â€┬ŁAn archive of material from the Lear family, belonging … [Click Below for Full Description]
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