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vention of Curtis to equalize the resistance of the plane when aileron control was in use. In January, 1911 The Burgess-Curtis Co. displayed two of their latest planes at the Aero Show in Grand Central Palace, New York. In February the Company entered into a licensing arrangement with the Wright Co. to build Wright planes for sport only. Wilbur Wright decided on this due to their fine yacht experience and superior workmanship. As a result the Burgess-Wright Model F was brought out, which was a modification of the famed Wright Model B. It used the standard 4 cyl. Wright engine, 2 propellers with chain drive, controls, etc. This was the first and only licensing arrangement every entered into by the Wright Co. Model F became a famous plane for Burgess Co. and Curtis, and they were used by many prominent early aviators on numerous noteworthy flights. The first one made was shipped to Mineola, L.I. where Burgess made the initial flight on April 12, 1911. Charles K. Hamilton bought it on the 15th and Burgess promised a second one about May 1st. That spring the Company opened their first flying school at Squantum with Burgess and Harry Atwood as instructors. Many renowned civilian and military aviators were trained there. On June 30th Atwood started his first famed cross-country flight from Boston to Washington, D.C. where he arrived July 10th, a total distance of 461 miles. While there he made his famous landing and take off from the White House lawn, using a Burgess-Wright Model F. On August 14th Atwood started from St. Louis, Mo. for New York, where he landed on August 25th, 1073 miles. James V. Martin flew a Burgess-Curtis "Baby" at the famed Chicago Meet August 12-20 and about this time the Company delivered their first Burgess-Wright F to the Army at College Park, Maryland. In September Army Lieutenants H.H. Arnold and Milling flew Burgess-Wright planes at the Nassau Air Meet from the 23rd through the 30th. Also at this Meet English pilot, Tom Sopwith, flew a special Burgess-Wright with a French built 50 H.P. Gnome engine, the first time a rotary engine had ever been installed in a Wright aeroplane. As might be expected, Burgess had been wanting to get a plane on floats and start flying from the water. Calling on his marine experience the Company had a Burgess-Wright F twin-float hydroaeroplane ready for tests on October 28th. It was an immediate success and soon became their leading model. As 1911 ended the Burgess Co. and Curtis were well on their way to fame as aeroplane builders. In addition to his company administrative duties at this time, Curtis was also Mr. Burgess' constant engineering consultant.
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