Florida Airlines was a commuter airline based in Florida that operated from 1960 to 1982. It is said to have had the largest Douglas DC3 fleet in the world in 1976 Airline deregulation eventually resulted in the demise of the airline.
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Incorporated on February 8, 1960 as Florida Air Taxi, Inc. in Tampa, Florida with William Taylor as owner; he had purchased the company in the early 1950s from L. A. Stevens.
Corporate name was changed to Florida Airlines, Inc. on October 17, 1969
Company sold to Lee H. Hill, Sr. and Lee H. Hill, Jr., owners of Hill-Donnelly Publishing company in 1969
Company sold by the Hills to Arthur C. Allyn in late 1973. Allyn had previously owned the Chicago White Sox baseball team and Executive Airlines. He was also the owner of Sarasota Jungle Gardens and a significant philanthropist in the Sarasota area.