mon aug 29, 2016

2016 RRSW Fall Gathering, Pecan Plantation

Mark your calendars and make your reservations now for our 2016 Fall Gathering to be held at Pecan Plantation (0TX1) Thu Sep29 - Sun Oct 2, 2016. More from Steve & Barbara Wilson:

"Our Red River Swift Wing flyin is scheduled for Sept 29th thru Oct 2nd here at Pecan Plantation, Granbury, TX. We have blocked off the Club House for all their rooms 817-573-2641. Tell them you are with the Swift group. If you prefer there are other options available: Hilton Garden Inn, Days Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, La Quinta Inn and Suites, and Comfort Inn and Suites to mention a few that are located in Granbury (about 12 miles away).

Our plan is similar to flyins in the past including formation flying, and depending on what is necessary, formation ground school, as well as possible fly-outs depending on the interest. Besides lots of hangar flying and women's shopping, our plan is to enjoy another local hangar party on Friday evening, and our usual BBQ banquet on Saturday evening. All indoor events will be at our hangar. If you have them, bring along your own tiedowns. In the past we have been able to manage with what we have, but just in case. Fuel is available at Granbury (KGDJ) 8 miles NW at $3.69/gal, and Cleburne (KCPT) 12 miles East at $3.55/gal.

Our plan is to have a fly-out on Friday mid-day to the Cleburne Airport, the intended location of the Swift Museum Foundations's annual flyin to be held there October Oct 4, thru Oct 8, 2017. It will give those interested a preview of the location, meet with the airport manager, and hopefully give us some input into what members are interested in for the "Return the Swift Home" for 2017. For lunch, we may be treated to a local food coach similar to what we had at Athens this year. Preliminary plans are being made for that now. Our preview will help solidify our standing with those involved with the Cleburne Airport as well as give our membership a feeling for what is to come.

We are looking forward to visiting with as many Swifters new and old, who make these flyins possible. Please be careful in your travels and fly safe."

sat aug 6, 2016

EAA Airventure 2016

EAA airventure is over for another year. About 20 beautiful Swifts and a Buckaroo were on display. As always Stan Price captured some great images throughout the week. Click here to see Stan's Oshkosh web album.

wed jun 15, 2016

Swift Nationals - 2016 - A "WOW" Experience - by Stan Price

The RRSW was again active with it's presence at the 2016 Swift Nationals. Our members were seen in all areas with regard to shirt sales, ticket sales, judging, formation flying, forums, and most any other activity imaginable. The theme this year was the 70th anniversary of the Swift and Paul Barnett put the exclamation point on this thought and gave over 70 airplane rides in his T-35 Buckaroo. What a guy.

Paul was also the recipient of our RRSW Gloria Warden award for the Love and Dedication to the Swift Community. Great job Paul. Continue reading here.

To see more of Stan's photos from Swift Nationals click here.

sat may 7, 2016

RRSW Fly-in to Huntsville, TX

RRSW group flys in to Huntsville. 8 Swifts and a whole lot more fun and fellowship. Thank you Wade and Terry for hosting such a great day for aviation.

fri apr 15, 2016

March Newsletter

Here is the latest RRSW news from our Editor, Todd Bengtson. Click here for the March Newsletter.

tue oct 27, 2015

2015 RRSW Fall Gathering, Pecan Plantation - by Stan Price

Our great RRSW President has earned his call sign honestly, (Raincrow). Mr. Wilson can turn a drought into a flood just by scheduling a fly-in. I guess you would consider nine to ten inches of rain a good little shower, even by Texas standards, and it did change the complexion of our weekend. Instead of rows of Swift we had a great collection of Chevys, Fords, Toyota, Nissans, etc. Just a few more inches of rain and I think we could have reeled in a boat.

Some of the Texas roads even were forecast to flood which kept a few of the group safe at home. I-35 and I-45 later did close.

With all of this one would expect the RRSW to just say, "The fly-in is cancelled." No way with the Wilson Duo at the helm. Continue here.

tue aug 25, 2015

RRSW Fly-in to Hilltop Lakes, TX

The RRSW gathered this past Saturday, August 22, at Hilltop Lakes. We had 4 Swifts in attendance, and we enjoyed eating lunch at the lodge overlooking the pool and lake. Next year, I am going to suggest everyone bring their bathing suits to take a dip in the Texas Shaped Pool in the background.

fri jul 10, 2015

The RRSW descends on Diamond Point

Once again the gang at Diamond Point have put on a fantastic fly in. Beautiful location and weather, great people, excellent flying! A good crowd from the RRSW made the trek to the Pacific Northwest from as far away as TX, TN, MN and AZ. Our newsletter editor, Todd Bengtson, once again took some wonderful photos of his flight from TX to Diamond Point and then views from Diamond Point and the surrounding area. Click here to see his web album.

fri apr 17, 2015

Stan Price looks back in time - Part 3

Stan continues to delve into the past of Globe Aircraft and the Swift. Here are 2 pages from the December 1945 issue of Aviation (a precursor to Aviation Week and Space Technology). The first is an article on the upcoming Swift aircraft and provides a glimpse into the plans and hopes for the airplane. Of most interset is a forecast of sales of 4000 Swift airplanes in 1946. Sadly that wasn't to be. The second page shows an ad from Adel highlighting their hydraulic pump. Look familiar? And finally, part of Globe Aircraft history during the early 1940's was the production of the AT-10 shown here.

mon feb 24, 2014

Stan Price looks back in time - Part 2

Do you know what Globe Aircraft was doing 70 years ago? The following article was taken from a November 1944 Globe Beam (monthly Globe plant magazine). Continue ......

thu jan 16, 2014

Stan Price looks back in time - Part 1

Did you know about the Globe thoughts for a GC-2, GC-3, and Four Place (Possibly the GC-4) aircraft? The following advertisement/information sheet came from the John Clay Kennedy files and is from a 1941 publication. From the document the GC-1 will have a Continental A-80, the GC-2 will have a Franklin 90 HP engine, and the GC-3 will have a 100 HP engine. The four-place concept (possibly called the GC-4) would be introduced much later. Continue ......