In a glass-walled hall in the tiny St Petersburg FL Museum of History, a replica of a smallish “flying boat” biplane hangs from the ceiling. It is little-noticed by the tourists who walk past on their way to the beaches and high-end shops and bistros in downtown St Pete, but the Benoist XIV seaplane (pronounced “ben-wah”) made aviation history when it flew on January 1, 1914–it was the first regularly-scheduled commercial passenger airplane flight in the world.
I’m Lenny Flank, Editor for Red and Black Publishers, and I’ll be your host. At Hidden History, we’ll look at forgotten stories from history, little-known discoveries in science, and the history behind exhibits in some of the most famous museums in the world.
So settle in, get comfortable, and enjoy some little-known history. 🙂