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The world's first commercial airline

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On Jan. 1, 1914, the world's first scheduled passenger airline service took off from St. Petersburg, FL and landed at its destination in Tampa, FL, about 17 miles (27 kilometers) away. The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line was a short-lived endeavor — only four months — but it paved the way for today's daily transcontinental flights. (www.space.com) Más...

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RobLAL
Learned about Tony Jannus and the first flight while living in LAL. You can't wander around TPA airport without at least hearing about him and the flight.
coinflyer
coinflyer 9
What a fascinating story! Does any Benoist Model 14 airboat still exist today?
EPPEPP
Edmund Plummer 6
There's one in the State of Iowa Historical Building. Plus a couple of replicas.
coinflyer
coinflyer 3
Oh man that's great!! I'm happy to hear that as so much of our aviation history has been lost (think Boeing's 314 Clipper). Thank you. I will make it a point to visit next time I get around to that part of the country.
tboltfl
T Walbolt 3
Yes, St. Pete Museum of History
http://www.stpetemuseumofhistory.org/st-petersburg-museum-of-history-and-the-birth-of-commercial-aviation/
dlwmiami
D. W. 4
As others have said: great story. And the pics aren't too shabby, either. The vignette about setting down in mid-flight to adjust the engine, and then just getting on with it? The best!

Imagine if they (the pilot and the owner) wanted to try it today: they'd be micro-managed into Tampa Bay by dozens, if not hundreds, of self-important little bureaucrats.
walsh1585
Michael Walsh 2
Check out Kermit Weeks attempt to recreate the Benoist. He spent a ton in a gallant effort. He’s quite a guy!!
tboltfl
T Walbolt 2
The flights also carried mail, so it was the beginning of Air Mail.
duleymc
Martin Duley 1
Perhaps after QANTAS
VK2CPR
VK2CPR 1
I'm pretty sure Qantas was the world's first commercial airline.
MickLucas
William Lucas 3
Qantas's first flight was in March 1921.
Kairho
Kairho Carroll 4
QANTAS is the oldest airline in the world _which is still operating_. Founded in 1920.
CHBHA
CB HARDY -5
Half of the passengers were detained for trying to carry on weapons, twenty-five percent for in cabin disturbance, and the rest were skyjacked to Cuba. LOL

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