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Percival Elliott Fansler, 216

Posted By Salomon Velasquez, Friday, April 25, 2014

Salomon Velasquez



            Percival Elliot Fansler was a salesman born in 1881 with a passion for aviation. He started off by selling boat engines for a Wisconsin company and eventually decided to establish an airline consisting of one flight from Tampa to St. Petersburg, (then called an airboat line). At first his idea was turned down by nine out of ten City of Tampa officials, but eventually the airline took off on January 1, 1914. This is significant seeing as it's the world's first scheduled airline using winged aircraft. Although briefly lucrative, the flight was cancelled just five months after its launch on May 5, 1914.

            Due to the nature of Percival's story, I chose to plant the seeds behind my father's office in Doral, FL. His workplace resides between the acclaimed Miami International Airport and the less recognized Doral Airstrip. It was easy to get permission seeing as my father is part owner of the land. He not only allowed me to use this space as a plot, but learned about and assisted me in planting. The piece of art chosen was a model airplane that my father built and painted. He didn't do this in light of my project though, instead he has a consistent hobby of building model planes, pre-World-War-II era. Although, he decided to donate one of them to my project seeing how relevant it was and it gave me the ability to show him how much I appreciate his form of art.

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