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Barkley-Grow T8P-1

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CF-BLV while under resotration at the Alberta Aviation Museum, Edmonton, Alberta c. 2000
Type Airliner
Manufacturer Barkley-Grow
Designed by Archibald Barkley
Maiden flight April 1937
Number built 11

The Barkley-Grow T8P-1 was an airliner developed in the United States shortly before the Second World War. Although it saw limited production, the type was well-received as a bush plane in Canada.

Design and development

Typical for the era, the Barkley-Grow T8P-1 was a low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction with a twin tail (some models had an additional third tail, a la Lockheed Constellation). One slight anachronism was that the main units of the tailwheel undercarriage were not retractable, and this may have negatively impacted the type's reception in the marketplace. A novel design feature, however, was the wing structure. Barkley used a multi-spar approach, dispensing with the usual ribs or bulkheads. Like its two main competitors, the Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior and the Beech 18, the T8P-1 was originally designed to a 1935 Bureau of Air Commerce specification (eventually won by the Lockheed entry).

Barkley-Grow T8P-1 aircraft CF-BTX of Mackenzie Air Service Ltd. at Sheldon Lake Narrows during the CANOL Project exploratory flight

Operational history

Sales in the US were disappointing, and most machines were sold to Canada, where the fixed undercarriage was no obstacle to the fitting of skis or pontoons. Three examples are preserved at the Aero Space Museum, Calgary, Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Wetaskiwin, and at the Alberta Aviation Museum, Edmonton.




  • Gerritmas, Joop and Harm, Hazewinkel. "The Barkley-Grow T8P-1." AAHS Journal 50 (4), 2005.
  • Taylor, J.H. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions, 1989, p. 121. ISBN 0-51710-316-8.
  • World Aircraft Information Files (File 890 Sheet 02). London: Bright Star Publishing.

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See also

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