Barely a decade after the pioneering flight of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, the world’s first scheduled passenger airline service began in 1914 between St. Petersburg, Florida and Tampa across Tampa Bay. The airline was known as the St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line. The service was short-lived and the airboat that the airline operated was capable of carrying only one passenger at a time, but the value it provided paved the way for modern commercial air flights.
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A Model 14 Benoist floatplane flying above Tampa Bay.