On 1 January 1914, the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line became the first scheduled passenger airline service. The twice-daily flight between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida, was piloted by Tony Jannus in a Benoist XIV flying boat, covering the 21-mile distance in 23 minutes. The first paying passenger was former St. Petersburg mayor Abraham C. Pheil, and the cost of a ticket was $5 each way. During its four months of operation, the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line carried a total of 1,2…

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