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During 1910 Curtis did some reporting for the early American aviation magazines, first while he was in Europe, reporting on his travels and what he saw there, and later covering the Boston-Harvard Air Meet events. That fall, as a result of their showing at the Boston Meet, Claude Grahame-White ordered seven Burgess planes for his flying school in England. This was their first substantial order. The planes built for this contract were known as the Burgess Model E, resembled the French Farman, and used the 50 h.p. French Gnome engine. The "Greealy Curtis Deflectors," a new invention by Curtis to equalize the wing yaw when aileron control was in use, was incorporated in these planes.

In January, 1911, the Burgess-Curtis Company displayed two of their latest planes at the Aero Show in Grand Central Palace, New York. In February, the company entered into a licensing agreement with the Wright Company to build Wright planes for sport only. Wilbur Wright decided on this agreement due to their fine yacht experience and superior workmanship. As a result, the Burgess-Wright Model F. was brought out. It was a modification of the famed Wright Model B, using the standard 4-cylinder Wright engine, 2 propellers with chain drive controls, etc. Model F. became a famous plane for the Burgess-Curtis Company, and they were used by many prominent early aviators on numerous noteworthy flights. The first one made was shipped to Mineola, Long Island, 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., arriving on July 10th, [[strikethrough]] for [[/strikethrough]] a total distance of 461 miles. While their he made his famous landing and takeoff from the White House lawn, using a Burgess-Wright Model F. On August 14th, Atwood started from

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