CORPORATIONS: Mr. Navcom

William Powell Lear is an inventive genius whose restless mind and huge energies have made him, at 56, the head of a $64 million business turning out close to 700 navigational, communications and control systems and devices for planes and missiles. Although he quit school in the eighth grade, Lear can sketch a complete instrument system for a single-engined plane or a jet transport on a nightclub napkin. In 1950, despite his well-earned reputation as a stay-up-all-night playboy, he won the Collier Trophy for distinguished service to aviation as a designer-manufacturer....

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