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Centennial Commemorative of the First Airline Flight — photos and links

3 January 2014

Centennial Commemorative of the First Airline Flight — photos and links

William Michaels, President of the  Flight 2014 Planning Board, has provided these photos as well as these media and video links of the centennial ceremony — not to mention Ed Hoffman, Jr. flying the Hoffman X-4 (affectionately referred to as the “Mullet Skiff”):

Eddie Hoffman pilots the "Mullet Skiff" near the 4th Street Pier in St. Petersburg near on the commemorative flight recalling Tony Jannus and the St.Petersburg-Tampa Air Boat Line — photo taken by Salbury and provided by Michael Williams as well as the Florida Aviation Historical Society

Eddie Hoffman pilots the “Mullet Skiff” near the 4th Street Pier in St. Petersburg on the commemorative flight recalling Tony Jannus and the St.Petersburg-Tampa Air Boat Line 100 years ago on New Year’s Day 2014 — John Salsbury photo (provided by William MIchaels and the Flight 2014 Planning Board)

Eddie Hoffman lands the "Mullet Skiff" in the Davis Island Seaplane Basin, the Tampa terminus for Tony Jannus 100 years ago that day — photo provided by Michael Williams and the Florida Aviation Historical Society

Eddie Hoffman lands the “Mullet Skiff” in the Davis Island Seaplane Basin, the Tampa terminus for Tony Jannus, 100 years to the day of the World’s first airline flight — photo provided by William Michaels and the Flight 2014 Planning Board

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Media and Video Links:

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The Centennial Celebration will continue throughout 2014 and will include Kermit Week’s flying the replica of the Benoist XIV which Tony Jannus flew a century ago in 1914…so stay tuned!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 3 January 2014 03:49

    Outstanding report and links! Many thanks, Joe! Inclement weather notwithstanding, ’twas a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience enjoyed by all. (John Salsbury is our “Man at The Cape” – Canaveral – and has been Florida Aviation Historical Society’s official photographer for many years. He also specialises in NASA launch photographs from Cape Kennedy.)

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      3 January 2014 07:42

      Thank you David–I’ve amended the caption to specify John Salsbury’s full name 🙂

  2. 3 January 2014 03:52

    Small correction: Will Michaels has served as President of the Flight 2014 Planning Board. http://www.airlinecentennial.org Christopher Fiore is President of the Florida Aviation Historical Society http://www.floridaahs.org

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      3 January 2014 07:40

      Darn…I’ll make the neccessary corrections…and thanks.

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