W. Starling Burgess : Massachusetts Aviation Pioneer
Object ID:
2015.11.73
VE Exhibit Label 1:
Model BD–9
The Burgess Company Burgess–Dunne Model BD–9 Sportsman Seaplane was a two place, tandem swept wing tailless pusher biplane. There were six built. It was first ordered by G.L. Cabot in 1915.

Sportsman Seaplane Model BD–9 was powered by a Sturtevant Model 5 V–8 140 hp water cooled engine with an endurance of four hours. It had a span of 46', length 23' and a live load of 670 lbs.

Cabot's Burgess–Dunne was named the "Lark" and was the 13th BD built. In 1916 Clifford Webster and Cabot flew the Burgess–Dunne patrolling over Massachusetts Bay prior to Cabot leaving for Pensacola for formal Navy Flight Training in 1917. In late 1915 Cabot had formed the Independent Aviation Corps which in 1916 became the Massachusetts Naval Militia. This first formal state militia unit had a training and patrol base with a maintenance hangar on Great Misery Island in outer Salem Harbor. The unit operated three privately owned Burgess–Dunne aircraft, a loaned Burgess–Dunne from the Burgess Company and a Burgess Model U of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The unit became part of the U.S. Navy in April 1917 and was assigned coastal patrol duties along the New England coast.

In addition to Cabot's BD, BD–9 types were also sold to naval militia members: Norman Cabot BD–9 #14 and Eben Draper BD–9 #17. Two BD–9s were delivered to the New York State Naval Militia and one BD–9 to the New Jersey Naval Militia.

Note: There are no photos of Model BD–10
The Burgess Company Burgess–Dunne Model BD–10 was a two place, side by side, swept wing, tailless pusher biplane. It was ordered by the U.S. Army on September 27, 1916. The price was $14,000. This special BD model was planned to be used for remote controlled torpedo experiments developed by John Hays Hammond of Gloucester. The contract price included state of the art radio sending and receiving equipment to be installed in the aircraft.

Model BD–10 was powered by a Sturtevant Model 5 V–8 140 hp engine. It had a span of 46', chord 5', gap 6'6", length 27' with forward stagger of the upper wing. Its equipment weight was 200lbs and its gross weight was 2,220 lbs. Its U.S. Army Serial number was #136.

The order was cancelled on June 18, 1917. The mission was eventually accomplished by the assignment of an Army Curtiss R–4.
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