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The first commercial airline flight

by The 100 Companies
The first commercial airline flight

Imagine a world where it took five-hours by train, or a slow steamboat trip, to get from Tampa to St. Petersburg. Before 1914, that was reality.

Insert Tony Jannus. A famous pilot from the pre-WW1 era, known for his adventurous and innovative legacy. In 1912 he set a new record for an overwater flight between the two cities. This caught the attention of businessmen Percival Fansler, who had the idea of investing in Jannus’ “flying boats” to create a commercial route.

With the towns approval, on Jan. 1, 1914 Jannus piloted the first commercial airline flight for a crowd of 3,000.

– Margot Calmar, The 100 Companies

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