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Hello, tonight this is about the worlds first scheduled “winged airline service” which happened on January 1st 1914. An historical milestone I think you might agree.

Tony Jannus conducted the what we now refer to as the worlds  first scheduled commercial airline flight on 1 January 1914 for the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line. The 23-minute flight traveled between St. Petersburg, Florida and Tampa, Florida, passing some 50 feet (15 m) above Tampa Bay in Jannus’ Benoist XIV wood and muslin biplane flying boat. His passenger was Abram C. Pheil, a former mayor of St. Petersburg, who paid $400 for the privilege of sitting on a wooden bench in the open cockpit. The Airboat line operated for about four months, carrying more than 1,200 passengers who paid $5 each.

Now here is a little quiz. Why the price of $400?  Oh that is so easy, so supplementary question.  Was mail carried on the flight?  Email me your answers to cddstamps@gmail.com and I will start the year with a flight cover of some sort to the first email who correctly answers both parts of the quiz.

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