The Lear Jet celebrates 50 years

10/7/2013 | Wired.com

Bill Lear wanted to design an airplane that could keep up with the commercial jet airliners of the 1950s. The aerospace industry laughed him off, but he had his first prototype ready to fly Oct. 7, 1963. The first plane crashed, but the resulting insurance money allowed Lear to get his jet off the ground.

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