Map Of First Scheduled Passenger Air Route From St. Petersburg To Tampa Bay, Florida.

This map shows the path of the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, which began flying across Tampa Bay on January 1, 1914. The flight covered 29 kilometers (18 miles) and took 23 minutes-11 hours less than traveling between St. Petersburg and Tampa by rail. Nevertheless, it lasted only three months.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
S.101.p2c-P_640
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Opening St. Petersburg-tampa Air Boat Line

Date:
1914

This photograph shows the first commercial flight over Tampa Bay in the air boat Benoist XIV. Former St. Petersburg Mayor A. C. Phiel (center) paid $400 for the honor of being the first passenger on the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line. Pilot Tony Jannus is on the right; the airline's organizer, Paul E. Fansler, on the left.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
2000-6126
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Benoist Airboat Over Tampa Bay

Date:
1914

This photograph shows the Benoist flying over Tampa Bay. For its St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, St. Petersburg purchased this Model XIV from St. Louis aircraft manufacturer Thomas Benoist. The airplane could carry one passenger, who sat next to the pilot in the open cockpit. The Benoist was powered by a Roberts 75-horsepower, 6-cylinder, water-cooled engine.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
SI-00133278
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Earl Ovington-first Mail Carrier

Date:
Sept13, 1911.

This photograph depicts Earle Ovington inside his airplane. While Ovington's flight was purely ceremonial, it marked the first time an airplane officially carried the mail.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
87-7708
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Earle Ovington

This image shows Earle Ovington, who flew the first flight for the U.S. Postal Service on September 13, 1911 from Long Island, New York. With a full mail bag squeezed between his legs, Ovington took off and flew to Mineola, a few miles away. He banked his airplane and pushed the bag overboard. It fell to the ground and was retrieved by the local postmaster.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
7B05364
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Queen Bleriot

Date:
1911

This image shows the Queen airplane that Earle Ovington flew on his brief air mail flight in 1911. The Queen was based on the popular Blériot monoplane design.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
73-2252
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

AA Lockheed L-188 Electra

This is a photograph of the Lockheed L-188 Electra II, the first U.S. turboprop-powered aircraft. American Airlines began flying them in 1959. However, wing failures caused by excessive vibration resulted in several fatal accidents and flight restrictions. Lockheed solved the problem, but sales plunged. By the time Electras returned to full service, jetliners had superseded them.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington, District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
2000-6147
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Psa Interior Postcard

This Pacific Southwest Airlines postcard portrays the Lockheed Electra II lounge, located in the rear of the cabin. Airlines began to improve their airplane amenities as commercial air travel expanded.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
NASM-00132840
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Fokker F-27

This is a photograph of the most widely sold turboprop airliner in history, the Fokker F-27 Friendship. The F-27 first entered service in 1958, when it began flying with West Coast Airlines.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
9A04294
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum