World’s First Scheduled Commercial Airline Flight 1914
Celebrate 100 years kermit Weeks flies Benoist Replica across Tampa Bay Jan 01 2014
The worlds first scheduled commercial airline inaugural flight was flown from St. Petersburg across the 21 miles of clear blue water of Tampa bay to Tampa Florida on the morning of January 1, 1914 the pilot was Tony Jannus, flying a Benoist XIV flying boat. The 75 horsepower Roberts engine powered the aircraft above the water for the 22 minute flight without incident as 3000 spectators watched the departure and another 2000 watched the arrival at Tampa. Kermit Weeks the owner of Fantasy of Flight Polk City Florida, and the owner of worlds largest privately owned aircraft collection, will fly his newly built exact replica of the Benoist, on the 100 yr anniversary along the same route at the same time on January 1st, 2014….
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