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St. Petersburg history museum to celebrate first flight

As part of its celebration of the centennial of commercial aviation, the St. Petersburg Museum of History will host a panel discussion on Dec. 5.

The discussion, which will begin at 7 p.m., will focus on the start of scheduled commercial flight — which began in St. Petersburg — and its evolution. The panel consists of aviation historian Dr. Warren Brown, Justin Meyer, director of air service development at Tampa International Airport, and Kermit Weeks, chief executive officer of Fantasy of Flight and builder of the airboat that will re-create the first flight on New Year's Day 2014.

Jan. 1 will mark 100 years since Tony Jannus piloted the Benoist airboat from St. Petersburg to Tampa and back. Jannus carried one passenger on the inaugural flight, a former St. Petersburg mayor, Abe Pheil.

The First Airline Panel discussion will be moderated by Will Michaels, president of Flight 2014 and author of The Making of St. Petersburg.

The St. Petersburg Museum of History is at 335 Second Ave. NE. Go to spmoh.org or call (727) 894-1052.

St. Petersburg history museum to celebrate first flight 11/26/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 9:43pm]
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