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Chasing the replica Benoist XIV

5 June 2013

Chasing the replica Benoist XIV

27º 54′ 30″ N / 82º 27′ 14″ W

Ed Hoffman Sr. had plenty of company when he reenacted Tony Jannus’s historic first scheduled winged airliner flight of Tony Jannus (piloting a Thomas Benoist design Benoist XIV) on the 1 January 1984. The day was the 75th anniversary of the historic 1914 flight and the company in the air with Hoffman was varied — rotary, fixed wing and avian fliers. Much more company than Tony Jannus had in the pioneering aviation days of 1914 🙂

The centennial celebration and events will be on 1 January 2014 and the Florida Aviation Historical Society (FAHS) has great plans for that day — a project entitled Flight 2014 which will recall, reenact and commemorate the Centennial of Airline Flight. Famed pilot and aircraft collector Kermit Weeks, of the Fantasy of Flight museum and aircraft collection, is also engaged in this historic event. Famous for flying each of his historic aircraft in their authenticity, with no modernization, Kermit Weeks is having his replica Benoist XIV built with the intention to fly it across Tampa Bay on 1 January 2014. How rare is it to get a second chance to see such an event — a signature anniversary and a flying replica aircraft? If you missed witnessing the 75th anniversary flight then you are in luck — you can plan to see the 100th anniversary flight! See you there :)

FAHS  provides this brochure Flight 2014 Brochure (2.9 Mb PDF) for a concise and exciting description of the event and also an opportunity to participate as a sponsor with Flight 2014–Sponsor Benefits (218 kb PDF). Centennial celebrations with a true-to-form flying replica aircraft in a beautiful setting are rare gems and great opportunities for businesses as well as persons — but having your name publicly part of Flight 2014 is priceless.

Ed Hoffman Sr. flying with replica Benoist XIV and his son Ed Hoffman Jr. flying chase in xxx — photo by Joseph May

Ed Hoffman Sr. flying the replica Benoist XIV in the lead and his son, Ed Hoffman Jr., flying chase in the Hoffman X-4 Mullet Skiff — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Closer view of Ed Hoffman Jr. in the Hoffman X-4 — photo by Joseph May

Hughes 500 chasing the replica Benoist XIV on 1 January 1984

Hughes 500 chasing the replica Benoist XIV on 1 January 1984

Ed Hoffman Sr. in formation with an anhinga in the replica Benoist XIV on the 75th anniversary flight of Tony Jannus photo by Ed Hoffman Jr.

Ed Hoffman Sr. in formation with an anhinga while piloting the replica Benoist XIV on the 75th anniversary flight of Tony Jannus’s pioneering flight — photo by Ed Hoffman Jr.


Our thanks to Ed Hoffman Jr. for providing the image as well as information. Our thanks also to the Florida Aviation Historical Society (FAHS), especially Will Michaels (President Flight 2014 Planning Board) as well as Capt. David McLay (FAHS PR and ever helpful in regard to Travel for Aircraft).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 December 2013 05:03

    Many thanks for this update, Joe! We are looking forward to a big turnout for Kermit’s re-enactment flight on New year’s Day. (Many of us will RON in St. Petersburg on 31 December for “First Night/First Flight.”) Merry Christmas to you and the Missus from all at FAHS and the Flight 2014 Planning Board – and “All the Best” in 2014!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      20 December 2013 20:54

      Thanks Dave. I plan on being on Davis Island as I was for the 75th anniversary 🙂

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