✔️Fact: The first commercial passenger flight lasted only 23 minutes!
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.
Pheil, a former mayor of St. Petersburg, and the pilot, Tony Jannus, were the only passengers. They flew between St. Petersburg, Florida and Tampa, Florida, The airplane could carry one passenger, who sat next to the pilot in the open cockpit.
They where only 21 miles of water separate the cities. This momentous flight paved the way for air travel as we know it.
Source News: https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/america-by-air/online/early_years/early_years01.cfm