First Benoist Airboat Airliner Flights in Florida

Benoist Airboat No. 43 airliner flew weekday flights between Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL, USA from January 1 to March 21, 1914. The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line was the world’s first airline with scheduled flights piloted by Antony Jannus. The biplane flying boat was launched by aircraft builder, Thomas Benoist, and salesman, Percival Fansler.

Date:
      January 1, 1914
Name(s):
      Thomas Benoist
Occupation:
      Aircraft Builder
Location:
      St. Petersburg, FL, USA


Additional Information:

  • Benoist XIV – Wikipedia
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  • The First Airline Story – First Airline Monument
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  • Benoist Model 14 – Holcomb’s Aerodrome
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  • Regularly scheduled heavier-than-air airline – IATA
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