Jan. 12, 2022
John Lear, (age 78) spent 43 years as a commercial pilot, and holds the most FAA Airman Certificates ever issued to a single pilot including Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Instructor, Ground Instructor, Flight Engineer, Navigator, Dispatcher, Aircraft Airframe Mechanic, Aircraft Powerplant Mechanic, Control Tower Operator, Parachute Rigger, and 23 Aircraft Type Ratings.
Retired in 2001 with 19,600 hours having flown almost everywhere in the world except China, Russia and Antarctica. He flew over 100 combat missions for the CIA in Southeast Asia, held 17 world speed records in the Learjet set on May 26, 1966 and flew with 25 different passenger and cargo airlines. John raced a Douglas B-26 Invader medium bomber in the Reno National Air Races in 1968 and managed to pass one North American P-51 fighter.
He is schooled in aircraft design, construction and accident investigation. John has been in 2 major aircraft crashes, the first on June 24, 1961 in a German Bucker Jungmann 131 and in a Brantly B-2 helicopter in May 16,1963. He was one of the youngest Americans to climb the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland on August 7, 1959. John studied Remote Viewing under Angela Thompson Smith and graduated from her Inner Vision Theory and Techniques July 11, 1997. He was schooled in regressive hypnosis and is also an MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) Mining Inspector/Instructor.
An avid yachtsman John campaigned his own Americas Cup 12-meter sloop out of Marina Del Rey, California and is the only person to have sailed a 70 ft. 12-meter sailboat in a single-handed race. He is a certified SCUBA diver and has explored underwater all over the world including the Red Sea, Pacific and Caribbean. John is a graduate of 4 disciplines of the American Pistol Institute Gunsite weapons center and trained directly under Jeff Cooper.
In April of 1977 John penetrated the security of Area 51 and took the only pictures ever taken by a civilian of our Russian fighters in front of a hangar. In 1976 John flew on the same day as Captain on Egypt’s National Air Sinai airline and Israel’s national airline El Al on the same Boeing 707.
He is a Senior Vice Commander of the American Legion Soldiers of Fortune China Post No.1 and a 38-year member of the Special Operations Association.
He is the recipient of the Professional Air Traffic Control Association Award for Outstanding Airmanship displayed on September 25,1968. He was an Associate member of Roadrunners Internationale, and member of the Cold War Patriots (those who worked at the Nevada Test Site). He was a pilot with Continental Air Services, Inc., in Laos, Southeast Asia. He was shot down in Laos but was able to make it to a friendly strip with one engine out, a hole in the wing and fuel streaming into the cockpit. He is a recipient of a Congressional Record Tribute presented on August 2, 2007 and was awarded the International Order of the Knights Grand Cross of the Star of Asia for service in Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand between 1967 and 1973.
John has 4 daughters and lives by himself in Las Vegas, Nevada. Disabled from a mining accident in 2008 John spends most of his time researching the mysteries of our universe and posting stories about his career on Facebook
01/11/2021 Karthik Sekar Ph.D On Why We Should Not Eat Meat
Bio: Karthik Sekar, Ph.D is a trained scientist and engineer. He finished his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina, his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University, and a postdoctoral position in Systems Biology at ETH Zurich. He currently works as a data scientist in the alternative food industry in the San Francisco Bay Area at Climax Foods. In his free time, Karthik enjoys hiking, cooking, meditating, and reading non-fiction.