Swifters Visit The
A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
Texas Swifters visit the Globe Plant
by Phyllis Moses
The Red River Swift Wing hosted a special event on Saturday, November
3rd. It was a reunion of a sort. Many Swift owners and friends of
the Swift met at the Saginaw, Texas Airport, some driving in from
all parts of the State, and some flying in their Swifts, to visit
the old Globe plant, where these unique aircraft were produced.
A total of seven Swifts flew in including one from Denver and another
from the Houston area.
President of the Wing, had been planning this for a long time, and
the weather was more than favorable – it was perfect.
The plan was to meet at 10:00 AM, drive over to Blue Mound
where the old Globe plant is, tour the plant, then go to lunch.
Members of the Kennedy family, (descended from John Kennedy, founder
of Globe Aircraft Corporation), met with the group. They were all
enthusiastic about touring the plant, and seeing all the Swifts.
Representing the Kennedy family were Tom Kennedy and his sons Dan
and John J.; Jason Kennedy, son of the late John Clay Kennedy was
also present. Great-grandchildren of the late John Kennedy also
came to visit this historical place.
enjoyed the stories told by the Kennedy family, recounting earlier
years of the Globe plant. Dan, grandson of the founder, said, “Right
there is where my grand-daddy’s horse barn was. It later burned,
but a building replaced it, and that’s where they built the AT10s.”
Globe employees attended the event. Herman Warkentin, former Aerodynamics
and Structural Engineer, and Red Crowley, who worked in Jigs and
Fixtures, enjoyed the return to the old plant.
Will Roberson brought a rare photo album that belonged to his grandfather,
C.W. Carter, former employee of Globe. It was full of history and
memories. Will also donated a booklet,
“Handbook for Employees of Globe Aircraft,” which brought
a nice price in the auction. This handbook not only gave instructions
about how to be a good employee, but also appeared to be a good
rule of life book. One of the more humorous rules was: “Employees
are prohibited from spitting on the floor of the factory or in the
our tour ended, many took one last look into the dark, empty plant.
Somehow, it was easy to imagine the production line of 1946 with
Swifts in various stages of completion. There were thoughts of former
years when the prettiest and best of all aircraft were ready to
roll out that hangar door into the bright Texas sunlight. Even though
there are no lights, no sounds of busy workers, nor any promise
of future manufacturing, yet what is seen and heard are the echoes
of long ago when all those who worked at Globe were creating history.
left the Globe plant and drove back to Saginaw where lunch awaited
at Pulido’s Mexican Food Restaurant. We filled the special party
room and while everyone enjoyed great food, Stan presided over a
little light-hearted fund raising to keep the Wing in stamps for
the newsletter for one more year.
of flight and romance of yesteryear formed a perfect combination
for the success of the reunion--a glimpse back into the history
of the Globe plant, a chance to meet with former employees and family
members and a get together of RRSW members. It doesn’t get much
better than that!