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[[stamped]] FROM THE FLYING PIONEEERS BIOGRAPHIES OF HAROLD E. MOREHOUSE [[/stamped]] dently they then approached Burgess about teaching them, but he was not ready to begin training students. The Burgess Company and Curtis were building a Farman copy machine, known as the Model D, and exhibited one at the New York Aero Show in Grand Central Palace December 31st, 1910 to January 7th, 1911. Burgess then successfully negotiated with the Wright Brothers to manufacture the Wright biplane under license, to be known as the Burgess-Wright Model F. At that time Bostonian William Hilliard was acting as Burgess Company pilot although he had very limited experience. Immediately after the New York Show the plane on exhibit was taken to the flying field at Mineola, Long Island, where Hilliard started flying it on January 22d. Evidently Atwood and Hammond had persisted and there is evidence that Burgess may have authorized their trip to Mineola at that time where, hopefully, Hilliard might possibly give them some instruction. That month Burgess himself was taught to fly by Wright Company instructor Frank Coffyn at the Wright winter school in Atlanta, Georgia. At Mineola Hilliard did make occasional practice flights, weather permitting, but always maintained that conditions were not suitable to train pupils, so Atwood and Hammond got no instruction. Hilliard had a bad smashup on April 17th and the plane was so badly wrecked it was returned to the factory to be rebuilt. After waiting around for several weeks Atwood and Hammond became very discouraged and decided to leave. Atwood finally did return home but Hammond remained, determined he would stay until he had learned to fly. Later he joined Capt. T. S. Baldwin at Mineola Long Island, who taught him to fly the Baldwin biplane, and he went on to become a renowned early aviator. At Boston Atwood finally made arrangements with Burgess Company and Curtis which resulted in his later being sent to the Wright School at Dayton, Ohio, with the understanding that after he had completed instruction he was to return as Instructor and Demonstration Pilot for the company. The first Burgess-Wright Model F plane was ready to fly about April 1st, 1911 and they started to produce some for immediate purchasors, [[purchasers]] among the first being the well known aviators 2
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