This Airplane Changed the Way We Travel

Benoist XIVWhile it seems that regularly scheduled air transportation has been around for quite some time in reality it isn’t even 100 years old. The 100th anniversary of scheduled air transportation is approaching however and will occur January 1, 2014.
This is where the Benoist XIV (pronounced- “benwah” 14) comes in. The Benoist XIV was the aircraft used for the world’s first regularly scheduled air transportation service, which happened on January 1, 1914, in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was started by the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line and they flew 4 round trip flights per day from St. Petersburg to Tampa, Florida (a distance of 23 miles).

Airboat Line Route Schedule
Benoist XIV

The 22 minute flight doesn’t sound like much by today’s standards, but it would have saved travelers a lot of time when you consider that a steamship would take 2.5 hours to make the trip, a train would have taken you 12 hours, and who knows how long it would have been using a car on the unpaved roads of the day? It was a bargain at only $5 per one way trip!

The Benoist XIV
The Benoist XIV was built by the Benoist Aircraft Company

of St. Louis, Missouri in 1913. The Benoist Aircraft Company started in 1912 and while they were known to have produced a total of 106 aircraft between 1912- 1917, there were only two model 14′s ever built.


Specifications: Benoist XIV

• Open Cockpit, Biplane, Floatplane.
• Crew: 1
• Passenger: 1
• Length: 26 ft (7.93 m)
• Wingspan: 44 ft (13.41 m)
• Width: 3 ft (Fuselage)
• Empty weight: 1,250 lb (567 kg)
• Powerplant: Roberts 6 cylinder in-line, mounted behind cockpit.
• Propeller: 1 chain driven, 2 bladed fixed pitch.
• Construction: 3 layers of spruce with fabric between each layer. The wings were of linen stretched over spruce spars.
• Price: $4250

Roberts 6 cylinder Aircraft Engine
Performance:

• Powerplant: Roberts 6 cylinder in-line, 75 hp. 2 cycle, liquid cooled.
• Fuel Consumption: 13 gal/hour gasoline, 1 gal/hour of lubricating oil.
• Cruise speed: 65 mph (56 kts)
• Range: 124.9 mph (108.5 nm)

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