October 24, 2012
By Jill W. Tallman
If you own a Globe/Temco Swift, plan to join your fellow Swift pilots on Nov. 4 in a mass international fly-out to celebrate the legacy of the low-wing retractable-gear aircraft.
Despite its somewhat ominous name, “World Domination: The Day of the Swift” is simply an attempt to allow Swift pilots around the world to participate in a friendly event, according to AOPA member and Swift owner Perry Sisson of Fort Myers, Fla.
The first Swift was type certificated in 1946. In the intervening years, Sisson said, many Swifts have been relocated overseas.
Swift owners in the United States can attend national fly-ins. The Red River Swift Wing will host a fall fly-in Nov. 1 through 4 in Fredericksburg, Texas, but “it’s almost impossible for the majority of [Swifts] to be flown or shipped back here to the United States to attend our national annual fly-ins,” Sisson said.
The goal of the Nov. 4 event is to get any Swift owner at any location into the air for any amount of time, to see how many Swifts can be flown in the skies around the world on the same day, Sisson said. “For the first time in history, there is an opportunity for participation with the entire Swift fleet,” he said.
He requests that Swift pilots send him documentation of the flight (name or names, time of day flown, duration of the flight, and anything about the flight that made it unique from any other flight). Documentation and photos can be emailed to Sisson. Type “World Domination” in the subject line of the email.
Around the World Flight,
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