Tony Jannus (left) piloted the airplane while Albert Berry (right) made history by becoming the first man to parachute from an airplane.
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.