Joseph E. Carberry

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Joseph Eugene Carberry (July 20, 1887 – November 12, 1961) was a pioneer aviator.[1] He won the Mackay Trophy in 1913 with Fred Seydel.[2]


He was born on July 20, 1887 to John M. Carberry in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He graduated from West Point with the class of 1910, and became one of the first US military aviators in September 1913.

Carberry set an Army record for altitude carrying a passenger on December 26, 1913, piloting a Curtiss Model G to 7,800 feet (2,400 m). Three days later he won the MacKay Trophy at Encinitas, California, this time flying S.C. No. 23, a Curtiss Model E airplane manufactured by Army aviators entirely from spare parts. On January 5, 1915 he set an altitude record of 11,690 feet (3,560 m), carrying Capt. Benjamin Delahauf Foulois as a passenger.[3]

Carberry later served in the Mexican Punitive Expedition and on the Western Front, rising to the rank of Major. He was retired for disability in 1924, and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on the retired list in 1930.

He died on November 12, 1961 in Los Angeles, California.[1] He was buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Lt. Col. J. E. Carberry, Pioneer Flier, Dies". Los Angeles Times. November 13, 1961. Retrieved 2011-05-30. Lt Col Joseph E Carberry 74. USA retired pioneer military aviator died Sunday at his home 104 Palm Drive, Arcadia following a long illness ... 
  2. ^ Organization of aeronautic contests and contest rules. This trophy was awarded in 1912 to Lieutenant Henry H. Arnold. In 1913 to Second Lieut. Joseph E. Carberry, pilot, and Second Lieut. Fred Seydel, observer, reconnoissance fights. ... 
  3. ^ Aerial Age. 1915. Joseph E. Carberry, who holds the American record for altitude, accompanied by passenger, Capt. B. D. Foulois, Lieut. T. DeWitt Milling, Lieut. Ira A. Rader, Lieut, Carlton G. Chapman ... 
  4. ^ Find a Grave

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