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February in Aviation History

On February 1, 1911, the Wright Brothers granted a license to the Burgess Company to make that firm the first licensed aircraft manufacturer in the U.S. The Wrights, holders of several key aeronautical patents, charged licensing fees of $1000 per aircraft and $100 per exhibition flight. The aircraft was the Wright Company Model B, designed by the Wrights in 1910, although Burgess used Model F designations, among other designations, for the dozens of the model that they produced.