|Headquarters||Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
The Globe Aircraft Corporation was an American aircraft manufacturer, formed in 1941 in Fort Worth, Texas. It was declared bankrupt in 1947.
History[edit | edit source]
Originally formed as the Bennet Aircraft Corporation which had been set up before Second World War to develop aircraft using a Bakelite bonded plywood Duraloid. The company first design was the BTC-1 twin engined monoplane. The company was renamed the Globe Aircraft Corporation in 1941 and they produced a single-engined Continental A-80 powered Globe GC-1 Swift.
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 and components for other aircraft like the Curtiss C-46.
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. The production of the Swift was sub-contracted to the Texas Engineering and Manufacturing Company (TEMCO). In July 1947 the company was declared bankrupt; the assets and design rights of the Swift were bought by TEMCO.
Aircraft designs[edit | edit source]
- 1940 BTC-1
- 1941 GC-1
- 1945 GC-1A Swift
- 1946 GC-1B Swift
- 1946 KDG Snipe
- 1946 KD2G Firefly
- 1946 KD3G Snipe
- 1949 KD4G Quail
- 1950 Globe KD5G
- 1951 KD6G Firefly
References[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Simpson 1991, p. 160
- Andrade 1979, p. 41
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
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