The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line operated between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida, for three months between January 1, 1914, and March 31, 1914. The Line is commonly recognized as the world’s first regularly-scheduled passenger and commercial freight airline. The idea for the airline originated with the Florida engineer and businessman, P. E. Fansler. It was while experimenting with speed boat racing that he became interested in flying as a way of achieving even greater speed. When he heard about the record-breaking long distance flight made by Antony Jannus in a Benoist flying boat between Omaha and New Orleans in the fall of 1912, he became even more interested in flying.
Provenzo, Jr., Eugene F.
"St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 58:
1, Article 7.
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