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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Unknown Biplane

Unknown Biplane

I know nothing what so ever about this photo. I was hoping someone knows what kind of sea plane this is, or who the men are. It looks experimental. Thanks for looking. View full size.

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Benoist Flying Boat & Tony Jannus

Correct, on the right is Antony "Tony" Habersack Jannus, pilot of the first scheduled passenger service using heavier-than-air aircraft. On the left is his brother, Roger Weightman Jannus. The man in the middle could just be a fan who wanted his picture taken with them. The Jannus brothers traveled the country giving air tours in many cities after their airboat line in St. Pete / Tampa. I can rule out the man in the middle as being Percival Elliot Fansler, the drivng force behind the St.Pete-Tampa Airboat Line. It's also not Abram C. Pheil, their first passenger and former mayor of St. Pete. He might be an investor. After St. Pete / Tampa, the Tony Jannus gave flying tours at Cedar Point, Ohio. See for more info.

Benoist Type XIV

This appears to be a Benoist Type XIV flying boat, used in 1914 on one of the first commercial US air services, from Tampa to St. Petersburg. The aircraft was designed, built and operated by the Jannus brothers, Roger and Tony. Maybe they are two of the people in picture? Both would die in the First World War, bringing an end to the Benoist company.

Tony Jannus

Man on the right looks like he could be Tony Jannus, the first airline pilot.

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