Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation
Benoist flying-boat (USA)
Famous as the aircraft used on the first scheduled service of an airline using aeroplanes, the Benoist flying-boat made its maiden flight in 1913. It was a two-seat biplane powered by a 56 kW (75 hp) Roberts or 52 kW (70 hp) Sturtevant engine. The wing span was 13.72 m (45 ft 0 in); max T-O weight about 680 kg (1,500 1b); and max level speed 105 km/h (65 mph).