The Florida Aviation Historical Society (FAHS) is dedicated to preserving Florida’s aviation heritage and to promoting Florida aviation, aerospace, and airports. This nonprofit corporation was founded in 1977 in the Tampa Bay area by aviation enthusiasts who joined together to record, honor, and perpetuate Florida’s rich aviation heritage.
FAHS is Florida’s largest aviation historical society with approximately 900 members in 26 states. All of the organization’s services are performed by volunteers. FAHS has no paid employees.
Since 1977, FAHS members have built and flown reproductions of some historic aircraft. FAHS’s reproduction of the world’s first airliner, the 1914 Benoist Airboat, was flown out of St. Petersburg, Florida basin to Tampa by pilot Ed Hoffman, Sr. in 1984. It is on display at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. FAHS celebrated 100 years of this first historic flight in 2014.