...And On Beyond [Lear, Incorporated promotional film]


...And On Beyond [Lear, Incorporated promotional film]


Promotional film for Lear, Incorporated, produced by Norman Wright Productions (Hollywood, California) and narrated by Bob Cummings, circa 1960s. The footage opens with a dramatization of an astronaut piloting a futuristic spacecraft on a deep-space mission. Cummings then describes Lear's collaborative work with the U.S. Air Force on the Advanced Instrumentation Development Program (AIDP), which is developing a control display system for a manned space bomber, and the company's other flight instrumentation projects. Scenes depict the AIDP prototype display system; instruments being manufactured and tested; various Lear-equipped aircraft; the Nike Zeus, Boeing BOMARC, and Atlas missiles and the Ryan Q-2C Firebee target drone; and Lear facilities such as factories and researches laboratories. The narration describes the widespread utility of Lear equipment in the aircraft, manufacturing, and defense industries, as well as the company's research into new technologies such as molecular circuitry and remote-controlled industrial tools. The film concludes with Cummings summarizing the achievements of William P. Lear and Lear, Incorporated and emphasizing the company's status as an innovative leader in industry.

Specific aircraft appearing or mentioned in the footage include the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, McDonnell F4H, Douglas A4D Skyhawk, North American X-15, Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, North American F-86D Sabre, Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, Sud-Aviation Caravelle, and North American XB-70 Valkyrie. Specific Lear products mentioned are the F-5 autopilot, the LIFE (Lear Integrated Flight Equipment) system, the L-102 autopilot, and the north-seeking gyroscope.

The film is in color and includes audio.

Label on reel can: "Norman Wright Productions Incorporated. Hollywood Calif. Lear Inc. presents '…And on Beyond.' Prod #314. C-2."


1960s circa


1 film reel (23 min., 30 sec.) : sound, color ; 16 mm


Bibliographic Citation

The William P. and Moya Olsen Lear Papers/The Museum of Flight