John's Family Photo's
John Lear gets ready to check out a CF-104A Lockheed
John Lear with his ballet troupe
Photos Published in an article "The Lear Gene" By Karen
Di Piazza Nov 2005
Capt. John Lear in his Boeing 707 cockpit,
when he worked for Trans Mediterranean Airlines in
Beirut, Lebanon, in 1976.
John Lear with his 02-B
Right to left, John Lear, John’s dad Bill Lear and
John Lear, Bill Lear Sr. and Bill Lear Jr. appear
happy after landing in Reno in 1977.
John and Bill Sr. share a “fatherly” moment.
Bill Lear Jr. and wife Brenda
in front of a Learjet at Wichita in 1993.
L to R: John Lear, Moya Lear and Bill Lear Jr.
L to R: Actress June Allyson, Bill Lear Jr., actor
Dick Powell and Martha Joy (McKee) Crawford, Lear Jr.’s fiancée,
in front of his first P-38, “The Martha J” (Bendix Race, 1946).
L to R: Bill Lear, actor Bob Cummings, Bill Lear
Jr. and former wife Yola Lear,
and Paul Mantz dine at the Beverly Hills Hotel in
Bill Lear Jr. with his father in 1964, celebrating
Learjet sales in Wichita.
The Learjet and the Swiss P-16 at Altenrhein,
Switzerland (circa 1965).
L to R: NAA observer John Zimmerman, Bill Lear, John Lear
(as copilot at age 18), Moya Lear, Hank Beaird (chief pilot) and Rick King
(copilot), in front of Learjet N427LJ after completing the round-the-world,
record-setting flight on May 23, 1966.
Marilee and John Lear in 1971, after landing a
Learjet in Palm Springs, Calif.
The Lear Fan was Bill Lear’s last project before
his death in 1978, but in 1985,
just months before certification, the project went
In the autobiography, “Fly Fast, Sin Boldly; Flying,
Spying, & Surviving,”
William P. Lear Jr. reveals that his father was too
much of a perfectionist to be a good dad.
Last year, at age 76, Bill Lear Jr. piloted an
aircraft for the last time. He flew his friend’s L39 at Spruce Creek.