SIGNED BY BILL LEAR, BUZZ ALDRIN, GERALD FORD, AND THE AUTHOR: ONE OF ONLY 20 COPIES FOR PRESENTATION
LEAR, Bill and Moya. Bill and Moya Lear: An Unforgettable Flight. Reno: Jack Bacon, 1996. Octavo, original full black calf gilt, marbled endpapers, original full calf slipcase. $6500.
Signed limited first edition, one of only 20 copies for presentation, signed by Moya Olsen Lear, Buzz Aldrin, Gerald Ford, and Learjet test pilots Hank Beaird and Clay Lacy, with the clipped signature of William Lear laid in. This copy specially bound by the publisher in full calf and housed in publisher’s full calf slipcase.
Written by William Lear’s widow Moya, this is the account of the self-made man who founded Lear, Inc., and oversaw the development of the Learjet. Since its first flight in 1963, this innovative aircraft, built to replicate the performance and amenities of a commercial airliner, has become the standard for executive business travel. The Learjet 23 was the first small jet aircraft to enter mass production as well as the first to be developed and financed by a single individual, and represents a landmark in commercial aerospace development. With sixteen pages of photographs. This is a special binding; most copies of the presentation edition are found in half leather.
A fine copy.