1946 Swift GC-1B

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.[4] 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.[1]

Operational history

The Globe/TEMCO Swift has seen many modifications. The Swift was originally powered by a C-85 85 hp (63 kW) engine driving a Beech Roby 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 (63 kW), and only moderate with 125 hp (93 kW), so many owners have installed more powerful engines, from 145 to 210 hp (108 to 157 kW).[citation needed]

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.[5] 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 C-125 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 (1,200 mi; 1,900 km)
  • Service ceiling: 18,000 ft (5,500 m)
  • Rate of climb: 700 ft/min (3.6 m/s)

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