Barkley-Grow T8P-1: An useful half step.

This neat looking comercial monoplane was built by the Barkley-Grow Co. in very modest numbers just before WW2. Easily confused at first sight with the Lockheed 12 Electra Junior, the T8P-1 has nevertheless a peculiarity: despite its modern looks it was equipped with an anachronistic fixed landing gear. That rugged landing gear was both its curse and salvation. Curse because it was not with sign of the times and the T8P-1 sold badly (only 11 were built); and salvation because it could employ with easy wheels, skis and floats. More than half of the production (seven, to be precise) had a very productive life in the Canadian wilderness.

Alluring photo of one of those Canadian worker bees. A Yukon Southern example on floats somewhere in Alberta, 1942.

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