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The first scheduled passenger flight

The first scheduled passenger airline service took off on Jan 1, 1914. Thomas Benoist designed the "flying boat", the pilot was Tony Jannus, and Abram C. Pheil was the first payin...

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Tony Jannus was an experienced test pilot for military planes and flew long-distance airplanes and airboats. By 1913, he became one of the principal stockholders in the Benoist Aircraft Company.

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  • The airline made two flights daily, six days a week. The tickets sold out 16 weeks in advance.
  • Then a second Benoist airboat was added with Tony Jannus' brother, Roger, as the...

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