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Photo ID: 1011256
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Model: Globe GC-1B Registration: N3334K
Year: 1946 Serial Number: 1327
Engine(s): Continental IO-360, 210-HP Owner: Newell Kelly
Leetonia, OH
Location: Beach City Airport
Beach City, Ohio
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Date: 2003, November Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info):
Notes: 11/12/03 - This pretty Globe GC-1B Swift was totally restored in1979. When Newell Kelly bought it several years earlier in Navarre, OH, he had to collect the pieces from a barn and two garages. It was truly a project!

N3334K is quite original in many ways. However, it was built with a 125-HP, Continental C-125, which Kelly replaced with the 210-HP, Continental IO-360. The top cowl was modified to lift off as one piece rather than the original, 1946 vintage, hood-type cowl that lifted up from both sides.

This was quite an advanced, general aviation aircraft for 1946! It is all-metal and has hydraulically operated flaps and landing gear. Swifts are ruggedly built - - sometimes being compared to the proverbial brick outhouse. They reflect more of the construction concepts of WW-II fighters than many of their contemporaries, Navions excepted.
 

Photo ID: 1011257
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Notes: A blend of the old and the new. It is a relatively comfortable, two-place side-by-side aircraft. They are sometimes described as a bit awkward to get into and out of, but then - - "who's perfect?".

A good web site on Swifts is here
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011258
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Notes: The Swift has pretty lines. One distinctive is the dihedral in the horizontal tail.

In 1946 you could have your very own, brand new GC-1B for a mere $3995! Globe Aircraft Company had orders for many aircraft when they started production in 1946. However, they soon went belly-up and were bought by Temco. Temco was already building Swifts under contract because Globe could not keep up with orders, and continued to build them until 1951. A total of 1093 GC-1B's were built, 504 by Globe and 589 by Temco.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011259
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Notes: Non-taildragger pilots would do well to approach the Swift with some meekness. I am told they are a nice flying aircraft in general, but if one hasn’t learned to “work his feet”, as Father used to say, they can make a fool of you.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1011260
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Notes: Three-four-Kilo gets off nicely with that IO-360! “Are we having fun yet?” I think so!! The aircraft is based at Salem Airpark, Salem, OH.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 
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