25º 39’ 00” N / 80º 26’ 00” W
The Wings Over Miami Air Museum is local for me so an occasional drop by is in order. The museum has been written about often in this blog and is located in the Miami Executive Airport (until recently, the Tamiami–Kendall Executive Airport). It is home-like having a mix of regular aircraft, visiting aircraft as well as visiting aircraft undergoing maintenance or restoration. Dropping by is rewarding since the aircraft have been moved around or there is something new to see—and it is a cool retreat from South Florida’s sometimes relentless sunshine.
Here are images from the most recent visit:
SOFIA Mission Patches
It has been a century plus two years when Tony Jannus first began piloting paying passengers across Tampa Bay and into the history books. That flight, a hop from St. Petersburg to Tampa, was the inaugural flight of the St. Petersburg-Tampa Air Boat Line. Although scheduled air service previously existed with airships they were nor regularly scheduled in today’s sense and proved ultimately unsuitable as technology progressed—so, 1 January 1914 is considered the first scheduled airline flight by most. The aircraft used was the Benoist XIV Air Boat (flying boat as this aircraft genre later came to be called).