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Fall the Thomas Brothers Company moved from Bath to Ithaca, New York and as soon as they were reorganised a flying school was started, with Burnside as instructor. In March, 1915 he conducted the initial flight tests on a new Thomas Military Tractor Biplane of very advanced design. In May Hydro instruction was started on Lake Cayuga, with Burnside still in charge of the school. On May 22nd her and Charles Fay made flights during a ball game and the Harvard-Cornell Boat Races at Ithaca. That spring the company sold some of their new Military Tractors to the British Government, and in July Burnside began conducting acceptance flight tests of these planes. The school was active that Summer and many Canadians were trained who late went into active flight service in World War I.
From the Flying Pioneers Biographies of Harold E. Moorehouse
Burnside left the Thomas Brothers in October, 1915 and joined the Curtiss Company staff at Buffalo, New York as a test pilot. That Fall, he also did some flying on Long Island for the Curtiss Company and while there took Rear Admiral Robert E. Perry and the internationally renowned pioneer aviator Santos Dumont for rides. This was Admiral Perry's first airplane flight. 
In January, 1916 Burnside was back with the Thomas Brothers at Ithaca. At that time they were beginning to flight test the first Thomas engines in their Military Tractors, and Burnside conducted these tests. In January and February he flight tested some of these before a Russian Military Commission here to purchase planes. In the spring of 1916 Burnside entered the Curtiss Marine Trophy contest to be flown later int he year. He was representing the Aero Club of Buffalo, New York and was to fly a Curtiss Flying Boat. That season Thomas Brothers Company offered the services of Burnside to the New York National Guard for an Aviation Detachment at Garden City, Long Island. The Guard purchased a Model T-2 Thomas Tractos with Curtiss 0X engine, and Burnside did some flying for them at the Hempstead Aviation Field, Long Island. On May 29th he made a duration flight of three hours at an average speed of 85 M.P.H.
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