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Fact: The first commercial passenger flight lasted only 23 minutes

These fun facts really get you thinking about how far we've come. Taking a 23-minute flight might seem like a waste of money today, but in 1914 Abram Pheil paid $400, which would be $8,500 today, for a 23-minute long plane ride. He flew between St. Petersburg, Florida and Tampa, Florida, where only 21 miles of water separate the cities. Pheil, a former mayor of St. Petersburg, and the pilot, Tony Jannus, were the only passengers. This momentous flight paved the way for air travel as we know it.

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pkin38

Thank you everyone for stopping by ... Amazing how things get started .. :-)))

Shian2

Interesting, Pat, Thank you.

bbandit

I live next to O'Hare airport. Close enough that when a 747 is taking off and going over the house, it's low enough that I could literally write my name on the belly if I had a marking pen. And, I often wonder what the Wright Brothers would say now if they could see the same thing I'm looking at.

Isaly

Thanks for another fun and interesting fact.....

goingsilver

Wow! How brave / visionary they were! Thanks Pat.

Dilubreuer

Thanks Pat!

ringleader

Amazing to think back. I often wonder what people will think 100 years from now about our "primitive" life. (Assuming there is still a world 100 years from now.) Thanks, Pat.

pkin38

It sure does at times Robbie .. I imagine that was quite a flight in 1914 .. :-)))

porgy

How far we have come........or have we?........feels like we are going back in time?!