Celebrating 100 Years of Commercial Aviation
In 1914, the young pilot Tony Jannus made history with the first scheduled commercial flight. The route was St. Petersburg to Tampa, Florida, a distance of only 21 miles. The flight-time was only 23 minutes. The single passenger was former St. Petersburg mayor, Abram Phiel, who purchased the seat at auction for $400. Accounting for inflation, that’s around $5,000 (approx. £3,000 / €3,900) today.
Since that first flight, carrying just one passenger, commercial aviation has come so far. Today, around 100,000 flights carry 8 million passengers every single day.
Take a look at our poster below to celebrate 100 years of commercial aviation, and consider our BSc Engineering degree if you're interested in the mechanics and complexity behind these commercial airliners.
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