A Report On The Air Service

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On Dec. 17, 1903, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright spent over four years of constant research and design efforts beginning with a 120 foot, 12-second flight in Kitty Hawk, N.C. This was the very first flight in a heavier than air machine. Up till then people had only ever flown in balloons and gliders. Leon Delagrange was the first passenger to fly in a plane, he flew with French pilot Henri Farman from a meadow outside of Paris in 1908. Later that year Charles Furnas was the first American passenger when he flew with Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk. The first proper air service was in Florida on January 1st, 1914, a plane had been designed by Glenn Curtiss that was able to take off and land on water and could be built larger than any other plane to that date, this was because it did not need any of the heavy undercarriage which was required for landing on hard ground. Later an auto parts maker Thomas Benoist decided to build a seaplane to create a air service which spread across Tampa Bay which he called the St. Petersburg-Tampa Air Boat Line. The first passenger for that plane was A.C. Pheil, the ex Mayor of St. Petersburg who made the 18 mile trip in only 23 minutes. This was a decent improvement from a once two hour trip by boat. This single- plane service had only one passenger at a time, with a way fare of $5. After having two flights a day for a duration of four months, the company stopped with the end of the winter tourist season. World War I
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