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The Globe Swift has an interesting history that begins during aviation’s golden age between the wars but truly gets going in the wake of World War II. The sleek, low-wing, two-seater has fighter-like styling, retractable landing gear and sliding canopy. Given these features, it is easy to understand the airplane’s appeal.
While not speed demons, Swifts move along well, generally between 104 to 112 ktas, on fairly low horsepower. A long list of STCs include engine upgrades that can push speeds higher. Early models came with 85 hp Continental engines that soon gave way to 125 hp versions, which improved performance significantly. Swift pilots tend to care more about the airplane’s responsive handling and light, tactile controls. Still, engines ranging above 200 hp and numerous other approved speed modifications can give the aircraft a racier feel.
This Swift has 1,455 hours on the airframe and 77 hours on its Continental C-125-2 engine since overhaul. The panel includes an AV-30 multi-function flight instrument, an EDM 700 engine monitor with fuel flow, and Stratus ADS-B.
Pilots interested in vintage aircraft that are fairly rare but reasonably economical to operate and maintain should consider this 1946 Globe GC-1B Swift, which is available for $49,900 on AircraftForSale.
- FLYING Magazine: 1946 Globe Swift ‘Speedster’
- FLYING Magazine:The Swift and First Solos
- Plane & Pilot: Globe/TEMCO Swift: An Efficient And Comely Two-Seater That Stood The Test Of Time
- Plane & Pilot; Globe Swift GC-1B
- The Aviation Consumer: Off The Beaten Path: Vintage Aircraft