Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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 or call (727) 894-1052.

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

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. For Memorial Day, Breakfast Station wall pays tribute to those who served



    "I remember that day they came," Yvonne Benjamin recalled solemnly of a morning in April 1969.

    Yvonne Benjamin thought up the Wall of Honor at the Breakfast Station, where she has served “lots of veterans.”
  2. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return


    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  3. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits


    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  4. Assault charge may not sway voters in Montana election (w/video)


    BOZEMAN, Mont. — Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground.

    People fill out ballots for the special election to fill Montana's only U.S. House seat at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark on Thursday in Billings, Mont. [Associated Press]
  5. Quiet college dropout turned bomber: Who was Salman Abedi?


    LONDON — He was quiet and withdrawn, a college dropout who liked soccer — and, some say, showed alarming signs of being radicalized years before he walked into a pop concert at Britain's Manchester Arena and detonated a powerful bomb, killing himself and 22 others.

    Salman Abedi was identified by British authorities as the man behind Monday’s attack.