|Pilot hopes to re-enact 1914 flight over Tampa Bay|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
POLK CITY — A Florida man is hoping to reenact the nation’s first commercial flight on the centennial of the aviation milestone.
The Tampa Tribune reports that Kermit Weeks has recreated the bi-wing seaplane that pilot Tony Jannus first flew over Tampa Bay 100 years ago. Using scraps of archival data and photographs, Weeks and his crew have built nearly everything from scratch, trying to honor the original design. The aircraft’s wings are made of wood, a wooden lever moves the rudder and foot pedals operate the throttle.
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