The Swift was designed in 1940. The 85 hp GC-1A Swift advertised as the “All Metal Swift” received its type certificate on 7 May 1946. Two prototypes were built but essentially, the design remained the same as the type entered production. Globe built about 408 GC-1As.
Later that year, the Swift received a more powerful engine of 125 hp (93 kW), making it the GC-1B. Globe, together with TEMCO, built 1093 before shutting Swift production down permanently in 1951.