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The Globe Swift (also known as the Globe/Temco Swift), first advertised as the "All Metal Swift", is a light, two-seat sport monoplane with retractable landing gear of the post-World War II period.

Design and development

Designed by R.S. "Pop" Johnson in 1940. The design was 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 GC-1A Swift advertised as the "All Metal Swift" re-designed by K.H."Bud" Knox, received its type certificate on 7 May 1946.

Later that year, the Swift received a more powerful engine of 125 hp, making it the GC-1B. Globe, together with TEMCO, built 833 GC-1Bs in six months. Globe production was outpacing sales of the Swift and the company could not sell all of the aircraft it had built. As a result Globe was forced into insolvency. TEMCO being the largest debtor received permission from the "receiver" 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 its 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 Association under the leadership of President Charlie Nelson was approached to take over the operation.

Flying Characteristics

The Swift is capable of aerobatics and for a number of years there was a three plane airshow act known as Swift Magic. Though not a fighter, the plane is quicker in roll and more sensitive in elevator than your standard Cherokee. It has a more pronounced break in a stall than more recent production models, a tendency which has attracted detractors and a reputation for being a more challenging plane to fly. The small tail wheel and a rudder with limited effectiveness has extended that reputation to landings.

Operational history

The Globe/TEMCO Swift has seen many modifications. It began life with an C-85 (85 hp) engine driving an Aeromatic wooden propeller. Within a year the engine was upgraded to a C-125, again turning an Aeromatic propeller. Performance had been marginal with 85 hp, and only moderate with 125 hp, so many owners have installed more powerful engines, such as 145 hp, 150 hp, 160 hp, 180 hp and even 210 hp. Combined with upgraded cowlings, canopies and variable pitch propellers.