April 18, 2014

Who Said That?

Florida's quote of the day

| 12/31/2013

"Although the FAA doesn't care if I kill myself, they do care if I kill somebody else."

-- Kermit Weeks

Technical difficulties have deferred Kermit Weeks' dream to replicate the historic Tony Jannus flight on New Year's morning.

"We're not going to be able to fly," Weeks said Monday. "We've just run out of time. I can't worry if it can fly. I can't even get it off the water at this point."

Weeks, founder of Fantasy of Flight, an aviation attraction near Orlando, had been building a reproduction of the Benoist airboat Jannus flew across Tampa Bay on New Year's day a century ago. Historians say the Jannus flight marked the beginning of the world's commercial airline industry.

Read more at the AP, the Tampa Bay Times and the Wall Street Journal.

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