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Central Yacht Basin
Society: AIAAMain Category: Aerospace & AviationSub Category: AviationEra: 1910-1919St. Petersburg Museum of HistorySt PetersburgState: FLZip: 33701Country: USAWebsite: Benoist, Tom , Fansler, Percival

The St. Petersburg Yacht Basin was the original operating location of the St. Petersburg – Tampa Airboat Line, the nation’s first, regularly-scheduled commercial airline. The line’s inaugural flight was on January 1, 1914, with two daily, round-trip flights between St. Petersburg, Fla., and Tampa, Fla., using two Benoist Type XIV airboats. The flights were twenty-two minutes in length, one way, and rarely exceeded an altitude of five feet above the waters of Tampa Bay.

Image Credit: Courtesy of the Collections of Bjorn Larrson/David ZekriaImage Caption: Central Yacht Basin
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