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Tag Archives: St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line

ROBERTS 6X AEROPLANE ENGINE

THE ROBERTS Motor Company of Sandusky, Ohio, manufactured advanced aircraft engines in the early part of the last century. Indeed, according to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, more … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

THE REDHEAD WITH DISTURBINGLY ROUND GOGGLES, PART II

YESTERDAY, TONY Jannus’s 1914 flight across Tampa Bay turned into something even more disturbing than his passenger’s disturbingly round goggles. Chapter 3—A new place, and a new friend THIS was … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE REDHEAD WITH DISTURBINGLY ROUND GOGGLES

A ROMANCE starring Tony Jannus, the Benoist XIV Flying Boat and the Redhead with Disturbingly Round Goggles. Chapter 1—No longer a lazy day FOR pilot Tony Jannus, it seemed just … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

A PILOT’S VIEW, EPISODE 3

THE FIRST airline passengers were as hearty as their pilots, both residing in open cockpits. But maybe wind in the face wasn’t a necessary part of the experience. And before … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

ST. PETE FLIGHTS, REAL AND VIRTUAL, PART 2

MEANWHILE, ACROSS the Atlantic in another St. Petersburg, a Florida businessman named Percival Elliot Fansler approached aeroplane maker Tom Benoist with an intriguing idea. Tampa Bay separated the cities of … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · Leave a comment