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1914 first paying airline!

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  1. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Fly between St Petersburg>>>>and Tampa Florida. It took 20 hours in 1914 by car! 2 hours by stream boat and 4 hours by train. The first Airline did the trip in 20 minutes. Flying just 50 feet over Tampa bay ..........

    World’s First Commercial Airline | The Greatest Moments in Flight
    By Tim Sharp, Reference Editor | May 22, 2018 02:30pm ET
    The first flight of a commercial airline was in a Benoist airboat piloted by Tony Jannus.
    Credit: University of South Florida
    This is part of a SPACE.com series of articles on the Greatest Moments in Flight, the breakthrough events that paved the way for human spaceflight and its next steps: asteroid mining and bases on the moon and Mars.

    On Jan. 1, 1914, the world's first scheduled passenger airline service took off, operating between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla. 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.

    The first flight's pilot was Tony Jannus, an experienced test pilot and barnstormer. The first paying passenger was Abram C. Pheil, former mayor of St. Petersburg. Their 21-mile (34-kilometer) flight across the bay to Tampa took 23 minutes. They flew in a "flying boat" designed by Thomas Benoist(pronounced ben-wah), an aviation entrepreneur from St. Louis.

    A real commercial airline
    Percival Elliott Fansler, a Florida sales representative for a manufacturer of diesel engines for boats, became fascinated with Benoist's progress in designing aircraft that could take off and land in the water. The two men started corresponding, and eventually Fansler proposed "a real commercial line from somewhere to somewhere else." He proposed that the airline fly between St. Petersburg and Tampa.

    In 1913, a trip between the two cities, sitting on opposite sides of Tampa Bay, took two hours by steamship or from 4 to 12 hours by rail. Traveling by automobile around the bay took about 20 hours. A flight would take about 20 minutes.

    Fansler tried to interest Tampa officials in the venture, but they turned him down. He got a better reception in St. Petersburg, enticing several investors. Benoist arrived in St. Petersburg on Dec. 12, 1913, followed by his hand-picked pilot, Tony Jannus.

    Tony Jannus, pilot of the world's first airline.
    Credit: City of St. Petersburg, Fla.
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