statements attributed to William P. Lear, compiled by Tom Mickus

Excerpt #1 - from "The Cosmic Conspiracy" (unattributed, 1978):

      "William P. Lear, inventor and chairman of the board of Lear,
 Inc., one of the nation's largest electronics firms specializing in
 aviation, for months has been going over new developments and theories
 relating to gravity with his chief scientists and engineers".

      "...He is convinced that it will be possible to create  artificial
 electro- gravitational fields 'whose polarity can be controlled to
 cancel out gravity".

      "...'All the (mass) materials and human beings within these fields
 will be part of them. They will be adjustable so as to increase or
 decrease the weight of any object in its surroundings. They won't be
 affected by the earth's gravity or that of any celestial body".

      'This means that if any person was in an anti-gravitational
 airplane or space ship that carried along its own gravitational field -
 no matter how fast you accelerated or changed course - your body
 wouldn't any more feel it than it now feels the speed of the earth' ".

      "...Eugene M. Gluhareff, president of Gluhareff Helicopter and
 Airplane Corp. of Manhattan Beach, Calif., has made several theoretical
 design studies of round or saucer-shaped 'vehicles' for travel into
 outer space..."

Excerpt #2 - "The Flying Saucer Conspiracy" (Donald Keyhoe, 1957, pp200-201):

      "On 2nd February, while visiting Bogota, Columbia, William P. Lear
 manufacturer of aircraft and electronic equipment, told a news
 conference that the flying saucers are real".

      "When Lear's story was flashed to the United States by the AP, it
 was a hard blow for the UFO censors. But this was only the beginning.
 Within twenty-four hours Lear amplified his first statement: 'I feel
 the flying saucers are real', he said, 'because of four points'. First,
 he said, there have been numerous manifestations over long periods of
 time. Second, many observations have been made simultaneously by
 reliable observers. Third, there are great possibilities linked with
 the theory of gravitational fields. Fourth, there are now serious
 efforts in progress to prove the existence of anti-gravitational forces
 and to convert atomic energy directly to electricity".

      "This new AP story dismayed the Pentagon, for it could easily
 disclose our top-secret research to duplicate the UFO's propulsion.
 There had already been one hint despite Pentagon precautions. During a
 meeting of aviation leaders in New York, on the 25th of January, G.S.
 Trimble, vice- president of advance design for the Glenn L. Martin
 Aircraft Company, had made an amazing disclosure... "Unlimited power,
 freedom form gravitational attraction, and infinitely short travel time
 are now becoming feasible', he told the press. Then he added that
 eventually all commercial air transpor- tation would be in vehicles
 operating on these fantastic principles".

Excerpt #3 - Tom Mickus

      It might also be of some interest to the reader that this author
 witnessed the late William P. Lear making another nationwide statement
 on a daytime, American television program in about 1969-70. This later
 statement was made in response to a question from the emcee who wanted
 to know what Mr. Lear envisioned the next twenty years producing in new
 technology. Mr. Lear told him that a person would be able to, say, walk
 into a New York "travel" booth - somewhat similar to a telephone box in
 shape; - deposit his fare; push a button; and walk out the other side
 of the booth in San Francisco - having been "teleported" across America
 in seconds! The studio audience automatically laughed at Mr. Lear -
 much to their uninformed discredit. Mr. Lear just gaped at their
 performance in utter amazement. How painfully sad and lonely he must
 have felt at that moment when he realized the great gulf that separated
 the viewing audience from the realities he had already witnessed in the
 laboratory... He was a kind and sincere man; and this author, for one,
 feels a great loss at Mr. Lear's recent death...