Reenactment New Year’s Day 2014
At 10:00 a.m., precisely 100 years after Tony Jannus’ historic flight, founder and CEO of Fantasy of Flight, Kermit Weeks, plans to fly his full scale reproduction of the original Benoist Airboat Bi-Plane across Tampa Bay.
Follow the progress of the Benoist replica construction at the website: benoist2014.com
Programs at the St. Petersburg History Museum and Tampa Bay History Center will enlighten and entertain you about the historic flight and its influence.
A special Centennial Exhibit is planned in the Flight One Gallery at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
Two 1/3 scale models of the Benoist airboat, one static and one radio controlled will be on display at major airports and events around the bay area.
First Night St. Pete will celebrate “First Night/First Flight” on New Year’s Eve, 2013.
“ Tony Jannus Day” will be celebrated at the 2014 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
Help Celebrate the Centennial of the First Airline!
Centennial Schedule of Events (Please mark your calendar!)
December 5th - Historic Flight 2014 Panel Discussion
Panel discussion celebrating the First Airline flight with Dr. Warren Brown, Kemit Weeks and Justin Meyers begins at 7:00pm at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
December 7th - AWAPS Pancake Breakfast
View the history of Tony Jannus and the First Airline Flight while eating breakfast at "The Hangar" Restaurant from 8:00-11:00am. View Benoist models and enjoy conversations with local aviation historians.
December 31st - First Night/First Flight
Begin at 5:00pm to bring in the New Year with First Night/First Flight aviation celebrations, events, music, arts, and activities throughout downtown St. Petersburg.
January 1st - Flight 2014 Reenactment New Year's Day, 2014
Reenactment of the First Flight of the First Airline using a reproduction of the first airliner, the Benoist Airboat, built by Kermit Weeks of Fantasy of Flight. Flight will takeoff from the Yacht Basin in St.Petersburg and land at the seaplane basin at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa.
January 8th - First Airline Program
The First Airline Program with historian Will Michaels begins at 6:00pm- Tampa Bay History Center