On January 1, 1914, while much of Europe was embroiled in a war. A small Benoist (pronounced Ben-wah or Ben-weest) Model 14 seaplane took off from St. Petersburg, Florida, and traveled 20 miles across Tampa Bay to land in Tampa, Florida. The pilot on this first commercial airline voyage was Anthony Jannus. His paying passenger was the mayor of St Petersburg, Abraham C. Pheil, who bought the first airline ticket at auction for $400. (The airline donated the money to the city for the purchase of harbor lights.)

That first flight included a stop in Tampa Bay to repair a drive chain, which would be a recurring problem with the Benoist. It’s ironic that the first commercial flight also had the world’s first airline delay. The pilot on that historic flight was Antony H. Jannus, a Benoist test pilot and instructor who was …

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Satellite radio Q&A

Q: Overview of satellite radio A: Satellite radio means pay-radio or it may also be called a subscription radio. It is a little bit like the traditional one, but it has more programs than it. It’s available in Africa, Asia and europe due to the services provided by WorldSpace and in North America by Sirius …

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CELL PHONES

The amazing technology cell phones have these days is surprisingly growing and developing. Cell phones started out as an idea for a mobile phone that can be used from a car, within a given range. This was happening back in 1947. Since then, their purpose was achieved and greatly exceeded. The mane comes from the …

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