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Groundbreaking planes that changed air travel forever

Love Exploring Logo By Lottie Gross of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 35: This rather modest looking flying boat was in fact responsible for the world's first scheduled airline flight. Designed by Thomas W. Benoist, the Benoist Type XIV flew from St Petersburg to Tampa in Florida in 1914 and was one of two aircraft belonging to the St Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line.

The Benoist Type XIV

This rather modest looking flying boat was in fact responsible for the world's first scheduled airline flight. Designed by Thomas W. Benoist, the Benoist Type XIV flew from St Petersburg to Tampa in Florida in 1914 and was one of two aircraft belonging to the St Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line.
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