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St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

St. Petersburg Central Yacht Basin

Historic Aerospace Site

 

—The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics —

 
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1. St. Petersburg Central Yacht Basin Marker
Inscription. On January 1, 1914, the "aeroplane" was demonstrated as a viable means of commercial transportation with the inaugural flight of the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, the world's first regularly scheduled commercial airline. Piloted by Tony H. Jannus, the Benoist Type XIV airboat departed for Tampa from the St. Petersburg Central Yacht Basin, carrying freight and one passenger across Tampa Bay, and initiating service of two round-trips daily between St. Petersburg and Tampa. Supported by the St. Petersburg Board of Trade, and including a flight school, the airline maintained regular operation until its last official flight on May 5, 1914.
 
Erected 2010 by The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
 
Location. 27° 46.44′ N, 82° 37.803′ W. Marker is in St. Petersburg, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue Northeast east of Bayshore Drive Northeast, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is in downtown St. Petersburg on the grounds of the St. Petersburg Museum of History, in the center of a circular drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 335 2nd Avenue Northeast, Saint Petersburg FL 33701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
St. Petersburg Central Yacht Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 8, 2011
2. St. Petersburg Central Yacht Basin Marker
this marker. The World's First Scheduled Airline (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stonewall Jackson Memorial Highway Terminus (approx. ¼ mile away); Soreno Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Demens Landing (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pioneer Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Peter Demens (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brigadier General Thaddeus Kosciuszko (approx. 0.4 miles away); World Record (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. The marker is on a peninsula of land which divides the north and central yacht basins of the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Several nearby markers feature details about the airline and the people behind it.
 
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St. Petersburg Central Yacht Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 8, 2011
3. St. Petersburg Central Yacht Basin Marker
St. Petersburg Museum of History image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 8, 2011
4. St. Petersburg Museum of History
The marker is located outside the museum.
Benoist Type XIV Airboat Replica image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 8, 2011
5. Benoist Type XIV Airboat Replica
The full-scale replica of the Benoist (pronounced "Ben-wah") airboat is displayed at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 604 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 11, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.   5. submitted on December 12, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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