Historic Aerospace Site
— The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics —On January 1, 1914, the "aeroplane" was demonstrated as a viable means of commercial transportation with the inaugural flight of the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, the world's first regularly scheduled commercial airline. Piloted by Tony H. Jannus, the Benoist Type XIV airboat departed for Tampa from the St. Petersburg Central Yacht Basin, carrying freight and one passenger across Tampa Bay, and initiating service of two round-trips daily between St. Petersburg and Tampa. Supported by the St. Petersburg Board of Trade, and including a flight school, the airline maintained regular operation until its last official flight on May 5, 1914.
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|Placed By||The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 8:58pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 339383 N 3073232|
|Decimal Degrees||27.77400000, -82.63005000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 27° 46.44', W 82° 37.803'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||27° 46' 26.40" N, 82° 37' 48.18" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 400 2nd Ave NE, St Petersburg FL 33701, US|
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