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Globe GC-1 Swift



These all-metal side-by-side two seaters had retractable undercarriage and offered a ‘fighter-like” aircraft yet was powered by a small engine. About 1500 Swifts were made from 1946 to 1951.


Texas Engineering & Manufacturing Co built 329 Globe Swifts under licence before Globe went bankrupt in 1947, when it acquired rights in this aircraft.


In 1989 Piper planned to produce the "sexy, spirited" SwiftFury, a 200 hp Lycoming-powered 200 mph plus cruise update of the two seat Globe Swift designed in the late 1940s. Piper advised that some 350 SwiftFury orders have been placed with the 1989 price being US$118,900.00.

Globe Swift GC-1B
Engine: Continental IO-360-D (modified), 210 hp
TBO hr: 1800
Fuel type: 100LL
Propeller: McCauley two-bladed
Landing gear type: Conv./Ret.
Max ramp weight: 1975 lb
Gross weight: 1975 lb
Landing weight: 1975 lb
Empty weight, std: 1370 lb
Usable fuel: 49 USgal.
Oil capacity: 10 qts
Wingspan: 29 ft. 4 in.
Overall length: 20 ft. 10 in.
Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Wing loading: 15 lbs./sq. ft
Power loading: 9.4 lbs./hp
Wheel track: 10 ft. 6 in.
Seating capacity: 2
Cabin width: 3 ft. 4 in.
Cabin height: 3 ft. 10 in.
Baggage capacity:100lb
Cruise speed 75% power @ 24,000 ft.: 173 to 180kt
Cruise speed 65% power @ 6,500 ft.: 160 kt
Cruise speed 55% power @ 16,000 ft.: 150 kt
Max range (w/ reserve) 75% power: 1000 nm
Stall speed (flaps up): 63 kt
Best rate of climb (SL): 1500 fpm
Service ceiling: 18,000+ ft
Takeoff ground roll: 400 ft
Landing ground roll: 800 ft
Original base price: $3,750 to $4,000



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