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My first Swift ride

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Roy McMillion
Young Eagles Pilot or Volunteer
#1 Posted: 8/28/2009 12:28:04 Modified: 9/17/2009 11:39:31

 I am a  Big fan of the Globe/Temco Swift. I think it is a classic airplane with great looks and performance. I was recently offered my first ride in a swift and it really exceeded all my expectations.

Nate's Swift

Swift GC-1B, N3783K, owned by Nate Andrews is a fantastic example of the type. Nate is an A&P and restored his aircraft himself. The care and precision that he took really shows in the aircraft. It has a great paint job and is very straight. The seats and cockpit are immaculate. It was love at first sight.

Nate’s swift sports a 200hp engine, which really pushes you back into your seat on take off. Flying out of Harvey, we flew west bound. The swift was a very stable flyer. After getting it trimmed up you could go hands off and it would fly right where you pointed it.

Out of Harvey

I had the opportunity to take the controls and found out that it’s not the typical C-172 that I am used to. All the controls were a lot more sensitive than what I was familiar with. I just tapped the rudders and started the tail swinging. The same happened on the ailerons and elevator. Any light control movement and the aircraft jumped to respond. Naturally one starts to wonder what is possible with all that responsiveness.

The Swift Likes to roll

As Nate told me. “The Swift likes to roll.” And indeed it does.

Nate also demonstrated a power off stall for me. It was a very positive break with a nice and pronounced shudder right before the stall. Either Nate is a better pilot than I am (likely) or the aircraft likes to maintain a level attitude in the stall, because there was no wing drop at all.

After we landed back at Harvey, I thanked Nate for the experience and grinned all the way home. Thanks again Nate!





Roy -

Like it says in this week's e-Hotline, bringing old airplanes back to life and making dreams come true is a lot of what EAA is all about. Thanks for sharing the photos and your story (and Nate's), and special thanks to Jesse Schoolcraft for being the first Oshkosh365 user to nominate a Post of the Week!

Thanks again -

Hal Bryan
Online Community Manager

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Larry Lesniak
Young Eagles Pilot or Volunteer
#2 Posted: 8/29/2009 00:28:58

Roy - Thanks for the story and the photos.  I agree with you... the Swift is a beautiful airplane!  A fellow pilot at a nearby airport has one that's polished with just a bit of striping that screams "classic" when you look at it.  He told me once how much time, effort, and polish it takes to keep it looking that way but I'd say it's well worth it.  I'd love to have the opportunity to fly one someday so I could share the same experience that you did.  Until then I'll just enjoy your pictures.  Thanks again for your post. - Larry

Roy McMillion
Young Eagles Pilot or Volunteer
#3 Posted: 9/11/2009 22:22:32 Modified: 9/12/2009 17:52:14

The Story of 3783K's restoration: By Nate Andrews



Featuring 3783K

The rebirth of N3783K
The dreams and dedication of Nate Andrews
Brings this Swift back flying

My involvement with Swifts started after selling my share in a Cessna 170 that I had been in partnership for 27 years. It had got to the point where I was working on it more than I was flying it. It was time to have a plane of my own. I had a short list of planes I was interested in, the Swift being one. of them. I had never flown in a Swift, but I really admired them and what the heck, it is a tail dragger right? I settled on a project Swift that I found on Denis Arbeau's GTS web site. N3783K S/N 1474 was owned by Tracy Rhodes and Marsha Pike of Reno Nevada. The plane had been through many hands as a project since 1978 when it last flew. N3783K was originally N3781K, then registered as N101U. Tracey and Marsha pursued changing it back to its original number only to find that it was now a Piper Cherokee and the owner unwilling to give up the number. During that time Swift N3783K S/N 1476 was destroyed and the number made available so they were able to register it using an original Swift number. I decided on a project plane for two reasons, one was cost up front and in my experience low cost flying planes generally turn into projects and this one was already well taken apart. This particular plane was within relatively easy driving distance for transport (I live south of Seattle). My father volunteered to go with me and after the 2006 Reno air races we showed up at Reno/Stead airport to pick up the Swift. There was no problem fitting everything on my flatbed trailer and in the back of my pickup truck. The trip home was uneventful, my father and I sharing the driving duty. This was to be my last adventure with my father as he passed away the following April.

  After really getting into the plane I discovered that there were many poorly made repairs presumably following landing mishaps that were not documented and damage that was not repaired or most likely ignored. This necessitated replacing some of the landing gear bulkheads and associated parts. The lack of documentation of the previous repairs was some what do to the fact that the original fuselage was deemed damaged beyond repair after a mishap in the mid 50's and the fuselage from S/N 65 was used to replace it, this was documented on a 337 form. There was quite a bit of cosmetic damage to the fuselage skins and I decided that it was best to replace them. I also re-skinned the horizontal and vertical stabilizers and flaps.

  Early in the project I decided to forgo rebuilding the Continental O-300 that came with it and install a 200 hp IO-360 Lycoming. I had installed a 180 hp Lycoming on the Cessna 170 and knew that I would be wishing for a larger engine if I stayed with the O-300. Part way though the restoration I met up with Don Bartholomew during a Swift gathering at Diamond Point. He gave me my first flight in a Swift. The flight was everything I had hoped for and put my mind at ease concerning whether I had got myself into a plane I would not enjoy. Don and many others have been a great source of advice and parts as well. The repairs, STC's, and field approvals accomplished during the restoration generated 21 337 forms.

  Two years and a month after starting the restoration the plane was airworthy. Bill Shepherd made the first flight, all went well and he allowed me to go on the second flight. A couple of weeks later Bill checked me out in my Swift. The plane was painted the following spring.

"It has been very rewarding to bring a classic back to life"



Jesse Schoolcraft
#4 Posted: 9/12/2009 10:54:54

Future post of the week?

"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."--- Leonardo da Vinci
Jim Riviere
#5 Posted: 9/17/2009 20:11:06

Nice to see Bill Shepherd's name in this posting.  He gave me several rides in one of his many beautiful Swifts here in Louisjana.  He is a fantastic pilot!

Jim Riviere LaFlyins.com Gramercy, LA
Charles Widowski
#6 Posted: 1/8/2010 00:18:12

Although I have not yet gotten to fly the Swift, I still long to have one of my very own.  I did have a couple of chances at one, but the finances were not there.  This is one airplane that fill all of my needs for a plane.  Two seats are fine, as I normally fly alone or with one other person, I like the challenge of the tailwheel (it will keep me on my toes) and it just looks great!

Adam Baker
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#7 Posted: 3/25/2010 01:57:27

The Globe Swift is such a beautiful airplane! IMHO it ranks pretty high on my personal list of "Must-Fly aircraft: Ercoupe, Turbine Legend, DC-3 and Helio Courier.

Jim Rice
Vintage Aircraft Association Member
#8 Posted: 4/9/2010 16:50:27 Modified: 4/9/2010 16:53:30

I am a Swift fan since having first flown one in 1987 and falling in love with it.  A friend owned it and allowed me to fly it freqently.   He sold it while I was overseas in the Army.   A few years ago, I was able to purchase it and bring it home.   I still get as much of a thrill flying it today as I ever did.

First photo was taken in 1987 over Gainseville, TX.

Second was the day I bought it and flew it home........20 years after last flying it.



Jim Rice

Collierville, TN

N3368K  1946 Globe GC-1B Swift

N7155H  1946 Piper J-3 Cub


Jim Rice Collierville, TN Globe Swift N3368K Piper J-3 Cub N7155H