Death: John Lear Obituary, John Lear, a UFO activist and a Nevada aviator, died at 79

Death: John Lear, a UFO activist and a Nevada aviator, died at 79 – John Lear, a world-famous Nevada aviator known for his UFO activism and world records, has died. According to his daughter Allison, Lear died in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on Tuesday night.

Bill Lear, the eventual founder of Learjet, and his wife Moya Marie Olsen Lear had a son named John Olsen Lear on December 3, 1942. He was named after his maternal grandpa, John Olsen, a well-known comedian. His second and third birthday parties were featured in an Ohio newspaper’s “Society” section.

Lear attended Wichita State University after graduating from the Institut Le Rosey boarding school in Switzerland. In 1959, Lear claimed to be the youngest American to climb the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

As reported by, Bill Lear, the inventor of the Lear Jet, is Lear’s father. As an aviator, John Lear carved his own path, setting numerous records. He flew freight planes for the CIA during the Vietnam War.

John Olsen Lear was a well-known conspiracy theorist, a world-record-breaking pilot, and a former State Senate candidate.

Unlike previous UFO conspiracy theorists, Lear espoused an alien-government collaboration scenario. According to one author, Lear’s story had a lasting impact on the UFO movement “[UFO writers] did not, for the most part, take strong political positions in the early years. [Lear and his companion] were the point of a spear, claiming that the greatest threat we faced was not little green men, but the government that collaborated with them and used their technology against us.”

Lear became a vocal opponent of a supposed government cover-up of UFOs in the 1980s, and his appearances on Channel 8 were shown around the world.

The Area 51 military base was put on the map thanks to Lear’s acquaintance with a scientist named Bob Lazar.

The official obituary will be released by the family.

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