Dale Mabry

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Dale Mabry

Dale Mabry (March 22, 1891 – February 21, 1922) was an American World War I aviator.

Mabry, a native of Tallahassee, Florida, was the son of former Florida Supreme Court Justice Milton H. Mabry and Ella Dale Bramlett.[1] He went on to become an airship pilot and captain in the United States Army Air Service. Captain Mabry died piloting the Army airship Roma, a dirigible he was testing, when it crashed in Norfolk, Virginia on February 21, 1922.[2] The event marked the greatest disaster in American aeronautics up to that time, resulting in 34 deaths. Mabry was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was survived by a brother, G. E. Mabry, of Tampa, Florida.

Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, Florida is named for him. It was initially constructed to connect what was then MacDill Field, now MacDill Air Force Base, with then-Drew Field Municipal Airport, now Tampa International Airport. It is a major, highly commercialized roadway through Hillsborough County. Landmarks on this road include Hillsborough Community College, Raymond James Stadium, and George M. Steinbrenner Field.[3] Also in Tampa, Dale Mabry Elementary School is named in his honor. A Tampa restaurant originally named Dale 1891 in his honor[4] was remodeled and renamed during season 4 of Bar Rescue.[5]

Dale Mabry Municipal Airport in Tallahassee, Florida, that city's first airport, also bore his name. The original Tallahassee Airport location was on Dale Mabry Field, a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps, later U.S. Army Air Forces flight training facility.


  1. ^ Justices of the Florida Supreme Court Archived July 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ The Langley Field Times, Vol III, No. 13, Feb. 22, 1922 (Uses the alternate spelling 'Mabrey' for both Dale and brother G.E.')
  3. ^ Dale Mabry Highway - DaleMabryHwy.com - Online Directory for Dale Mabry Highway Archived 2007-12-18 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "About Us". Archived from the original on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2016-07-10.
  5. ^ Barreda, Virginia (January 15, 2016). ""Bar Rescue" yields Cayman Cove in Carrollwood". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 23 September 2016.

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