Tom Benoist and Tony Jannus Plane

January 1, 1914

Missourians Tom Benoist and Tony Jannus began the first scheduled passenger airline service in America.  After testing their flying boat at Creve Coeur Lake, they began flying a scheduled route between Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.