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Follow the flying re-enactment flight of the World’s First Airline Flight LIVE! — A BUST!

1 January 2014

Follow the flying re-enactment flight of the World’s First Airline Flight LIVE! — A BUST!

The above is what glowed on our computer monitors at 9am when the live internet feeds were scheduled to go up — but no joy. We stayed with it until 10:10am, a time when the “Mullet Skiff” was set to be airborne on its 100th anniversary commemorative flight   — but no joy there either. So we went on with our day. A good group of people are behind this project, we know them, but we also don’t know what occurred to get the following message on the live feed urls:

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  1. 1 January 2014 11:43

    I was able to get the live stream without trouble but they went offline 9:30-10 or so. I felt real sad for everyone…Would have liked to see it happen. I don’t know yet what the problem was with Kermit Weeks project…would guess that things didn’t come together quickly was an issue too more than likely. In all honesty I really felt bad for them this morning…after all the planning; volunteers, PR, etc.

    I had…. It probably went offline because it was a wash (bad play on words). They didn’t show the “crowd” but when they were clapping, it sounded like there were 10 people there. When one looks at the amount of time and money spent…it comes off looking like fiasco..but it’s no small project that probably had to be designed to factor in the changes to ensure safety…but Weeks investment had to be astronomical….maybe the weather was the main demon..but not having the plane there more than likely brought it to a sad stop for the public.

    I’d HIGHLY recommend any aviation enthusiast who hasn’t been to Fantasy of Flight owes it to themselves to go…and Tampa and St. Pete are great destinations!

    My condolences to all those who worked so hard to pull it off! Having worked the Indianapolis Airshow, we had years where rain put the ‘damper’ on it all…profits and performances.

    david lord

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      1 January 2014 12:13

      Hello David. I could not agree with you more. I haven’t yet heard why the internet coverage did not work but I had about 300 hits this morning for that post with the links — and I went with the links which were emailed to me. I had been getting updates on all the positive news until things went south with Kermit’s aircraft (I agree, safety first and they did not apparently allow time for testing given that it was a $300,000/2 year project it seems there should have been). Also, this flying replica quickly became the premier focus of Flight 2014 (which is a project encompassing much more than the re-enactment flight). Regardless, I have not gotten as much as a single communication regarding Flight 2014 once the disappointing news began to develop. I first heard the adverse news from my mother so I went and confirmed with the Tampa Bay Times (a nationally renowned newspaper) — then dashed home to re-edit the post originally slated for 3pm on December 31st and it went up a little after 5pm (I allowed time for communication to come in from Flight 2014). It is noon on January 1st and still not a peep. I am disappointed but the group is honest and preforming an excellent service — I suspect their communications went down once they started the process of bringing the event to life since they have a lot of energy and drive but not a plethora of hands.

      Kermit Weeks was going to have the aircraft there for folks to see — he had been taxi testing it in St. Petersburg on last Monday so the aircraft is there in town. During a TV interview he mentioned he had spent over $300,000 which included a replica Roberts engine as in the original Benoist XIV. That is Week’s style — what is often not know about him is that his historic/antique aircraft have not been modernized to even address any bad characteristics they may have — he is a hard core aviation history person and has insights into the flying machines he owns that most aviation writers cannot dream to have. So he has a replica Benoist XIV with a replica engine and I would love to get his flight impressions 🙂

      What is even better than Fantasy of Flight? They now include a tour of their restoration hangar — usually only glimpsed with binoculars from the display hangars! Their hours have changed and are closed the early weekdays now.

      Flight 2014 will go on — Week’s will likely still re-enact the flight and we’ll see if we can cover it at that time 🙂

  2. 1 January 2014 13:10

    I think you’ll agree that Kermit is “promoter par excellence'” ? Spoke with him briefly about 10 years ago (before restoration facility was opened……his enthusiasm definitely is infectious!
    I’m sometimes envious of your ability to visit all these locations!! 🙂 Have you been to Paul Allen’s museum in WA? ….that would be my 2nd favorite mainly because of that same effort to be authentic as possible but one cannot walk around them…Weeks reaches us!.

    Some of the planes in Kermit’s collection of Racers are replicated and I stand in awe of the guys who built those. …unbelievable craftsmanship.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      4 January 2014 10:53

      Yes, I don’y know what we’d do without Kermit. He purchased Paul Mantz’s collection thereby keeping the wonderful collection together not to mention upkeeping so many aircraft in flying condition. I recall the replica Gee Bee racer and agree with you…so glad folks are out there who do this sort of work 🙂

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