Refinements were made to each
iteration of the 310. Noticeable on this 1964 model are the
more aerodynamic wing tip tanks. Production culminated
with the R model in 1981 by which
time some 5,241 Model 310s had been built. This shot
was taken at Santa Monica in 1964.
Aviation enthusiast Phil O'Doherty advises that some years after this
shot was taken this aircraft
was involved in an incident wherein it almost ditched off the
California coast near San Francisco
right engine threw a rod over 2 hours out on the way to Hawaii.
The pilot was John
Lear (Bill's son). The
event was covered in a article in the February 1971 issue of Private