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Globe Aircraft Corporation

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Globe Aircraft Corporation

Globe Aircraft Corporation
Industry Aerospace
Fate bankrupt
Founded 1941
Defunct 1947
Headquarters Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Products Light aircraft

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


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.[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

  • 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




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