Globe Aircraft Corporation

The Globe Aircraft Corporation was an American aircraft manufacturer, formed in 1941 in Fort Worth, Texas. It was declared bankrupt in 1947.[1]

Globe Aircraft Corporation
IndustryAerospace
Fatebankrupt
Founded1941
Defunct1947
HeadquartersFort Worth, Texas, United States
ProductsLight aircraft

History

Originally formed as the Bennett Aircraft Corporation which had been set up before Second World War to develop aircraft using a Bakelite bonded plywood Duraloid.[1] The company first design was the BTC-1 twin engined monoplane.[1] The company was renamed the Globe Aircraft Corporation in 1941 and they produced a single-engined Continental A-80 powered Globe GC-1 Swift.[1]

With the start of the war the company abandoned plans to produce the aircraft as it concentrated on sub-contract building of 600 Beech AT-10s[2] and components for other aircraft like the Curtiss C-46.[1]

When wartime restrictions were removed the company developed a re-designed and all-metal version of the GC-1 designated the GC-1A Swift which first flew in 1945.[1] The production of the Swift was sub-contracted to the Texas Engineering and Manufacturing Company (TEMCO).[1] In July 1947 the company was declared bankrupt; the assets and design rights of the Swift were bought by TEMCO.[1]

Aircraft designs

References

Notes

  1. Simpson 1991, p. 160
  2. Andrade 1979, p. 41

Bibliography

  • Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0-904597-22-9.
  • Simpson, R.W. (1991). Airlife's General Aviation. England: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-194-X.
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