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Another famous Barkley Grow, The Explorer, was flown on floats by Admiral Byrd on his 1939 expedition to establish the land coast line of the Antarctic. In The Explorer he charted 900 miles of coastline and 150,000 square miles of previously unexplored territory.

Although the excellent design of the T8P was recognized it could not compete with the more established Beech and Lockheed companies which had comparable airplanes but with retractable undercarriages. In a hostile takeover the company was acquired by the Aircraft Manufacturing Company and absorbed into the parent company Vultee (now General Dynamics).

 

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