In the vicinity of the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV), a construction crew stumbled upon a piece of history while working on building what will become Wilton Simpson Technical College. The area surrounding BKV, now a civilian airport, was once used as the Brooksville Army Airfield, which was active from 1942 to 1947.
The discovery of an inert World War II-era bomb has sparked excitement among historians and locals alike. The condition of the bomb is so rusted and decayed that it is difficult to determine whether it is live or inert. Sheriff Al Nienhuis explained that since the bomb is so heavily corroded and worn down, it is impossible to say for certain with any degree of confidence. Bomb experts from Citrus County and MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa were called in to examine the bomb and ultimately determined it to be inert on Tuesday.
The Brooksville Army Airfield played a significant role during World War II by training pilots and ground crews for combat duties. This included preparing for bomb squadrons as well as other military operations. The historic significance of this area makes the discovery of an inert bomb all the more noteworthy, providing valuable insight into life on an airfield during wartime times.