In the mid-1930s aircraft manufacturing began to shift away from the old tube and fabric airplanes. All-aluminum aircraft that could fill the needs of the North began to appear.
The Barkley-Grow company manufactured this airplane to compete with the Beech 18 and the Lockheed Electra. Canadian Car and Foundry of Montreal bought licensing rights and three of the aircraft. Edmonton’s Grant McConachie liked the design because the fixed landing gear allowed the use of skis and floats for his Yukon Southern Air Transport routes. In 1939 he persuaded Canadian Car to sell him the three airplanes, valued at $70,000.00, for $1 each, the balance to be paid monthly from operating revenues.
During the Second World War McConachie’s Yukon Southern was absorbed into Canadian Pacific Airlines which operated the Barkley-Grows on northern routes. It proved to be a sturdy and reliable aircraft for those conditions. The Yukon Queen (CF-BLV) was sold to Associated Airways in the 1950s. It crashed on takeoff from Peace River in 1960 and was restored by a British Columbia group who gave it to the Aerospace Museum of Calgary. It is on permanent loan to this museum. Only 11 Barkley-Grows were built and all three survivors are located in Alberta.