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T8P-1 (Canadian: 1 )

Barkley Grow T8P-1

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3223865)
Barkley-Grow T8P-1, CF-BMV

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.

Typical for the era, the Barkley-Grow T8P-1 was a low-wing monoplane of all-metal construction with a twin tail (an additional third tail was installed, à la Lockheed Constellation, when fitted with floats). The T8P (standing for Transport, 8 Passenger) was designed to be simple and rugged, thus 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 what might be called a "horizontal cell" technique that has no ribs or spars. Long tapered strips of aluminium were bent to form V shapes which were then riveted tip to tip to form an "X". These "X"s are riveted inside the wing side by side to produce the long "cells". This wing structure was unique to the Barkley-Grow and according to mechanics who worked on the aircraft it was very light, very stiff, very expensive to build, and difficult to repair if damaged, but it gave no problems in service.

Sales in the US were disappointing, only 11 being built, and most machines (seven) were sold to Canada, where the fixed undercarriage was no obstacle to the fitting of skis or pontoons. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Barkley-Grow T8P-1

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (1)
last update: 2021-09-16 20:37:42

T8P‑1 758


Known Squadron Assignments:

Registered as CF-BMV to Canadian Car and Foundry Co. in 1939. With the Test and Development Flight and No. 12 (Comm.) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario. Flew high ranking officers to Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta, 7 to 15 November 1939, 10:20 flight time. Flew Governor General Lord Tweedsmuir from Ottawa to Camp Borden on 24 November 1939. Sold to Maritime Central Airways of Charlottetown, PEI on 30 October 1941, again registered as CF-BMV. Sank after forced landing on ice pack, due to fog, near Angmagssalik, Greenland on 23 December 1942. last update: 2024-February-19
   1939-September-09 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1941-October-20 Struck off Strength Struck off strength sold. 2019-08-20
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