William Starling Burgess was yacht and boat builder. Made an aeroplane 1909/10. Built Wright biplanes under license as Burgess-Wright. Also developed twin-engined type, tractor type and flying-boat. From 1913 under license from Britain's J. W. Dunne, made Burgess-Dunne tailless floatplanes, Burgess developing the single main float. Two such seaplanes bought by U.S. Navy 1916, and one used for gunnery trials. Navy also bought tractor floatplanes and U.K. bought 36 landplanes developed by the Burgess company.

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