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The Globe Swift, also known as the Globe/Temco Swift, is a light, two-seat sport
monoplane from the post-World War II period.

The Swift was designed by R.S. "Pop" Johnson in 1940, despite the fanciful story
which has now entered into popular mythology surrounding the Swift's origins,
that a Culver Cadet was obtained as a "template" aircraft. The design was
financially secured by John Kennedy, president of the Globe Medicine Company, to
be built by his new Globe Aircraft Company. World War II interrupted their
plans, however, and the 85 hp (63 kW) GC-1A Swift advertised as the "All Metal
Swift" re-designed by K.H."Bud" Knox, received its type certificate on 7 May
1946. Two prototypes were built but essentially, the design remained the same as
the type entered production. Globe built about 408 GC-1As.

Later that year, the Swift received a more powerful engine of 125 hp (93 kW),
making it the GC-1B. Globe, together with TEMCO, built 833 GC-1Bs in six months.
Globe was outpacing sales of the Swift, however, and did not have enough orders
to sell all of the aircraft being built. As a result Globe was forced into
insolvency. TEMCO being the largest debtor paid $328,000 to obtain the type
certificate, tooling, aircraft, and parts to enable them to continue production
in late 1947, in the hope that reviving production would enable TEMCO to recover
their loss. TEMCO went on to build 260 more aircraft before shutting Swift
production down permanently in 1951.

The type certificate for the Swift was obtained by Universal Aircraft Industries
(later Univair) along with all production tooling. Spare parts continued to be
built until 1979 when the Swift Museum Foundation under the leadership of
President Charlie Nelson purchased the Type Certificate, parts and tooling.

Civil aircraft

Globe Aircraft/TEMCO

R.S. Johnson

First flight
GC-1A Swift: 1942


Number built
1,521 (including prototypes)

Developed from
Culver Cadet

Developed into
T-35 Buckaroo

The most unusual variant of the series became a separate design, the TEMCO TE-1
Buckaroo which was built in a short-run first as a contender for a USAF trainer
aircraft contract, and was later transferred to foreign service as a military
trainer. Several of these trainers have since returned to the civil market.

Specifications (GC-1B)

General characteristics
Crew: one
Capacity: one passenger
Length: 20 ft 10 in (6.35 m)
Wingspan: 29 ft 4 in (8.94 m)
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Wing area: 132 sq ft (12.3 m2)
Airfoil: Root NACA 23015, Tip NACA 23009
Empty weight: 1,370 lb (621 kg)
Gross weight: 1,710 lb (776 kg)
Powerplant: 1 Continental C125 six cylinder, four-stroke aircraft engine, 125
hp (93 kW)

Cruise speed: 122 kn (140 mph; 226 km/h)
Never exceed speed: 161 kn (185 mph; 298 km/h)
Range: 1,000 nmi (1,151 mi; 1,852 km)
Service ceiling: 18,000 ft (5,500 m)
Rate of climb: 700 ft/min (3.6 m/s)



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