Near the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV), a construction crew stumbled upon a piece of history while working on the construction of what would become Wilton Simpson Technical College. The area around BKV, now a civilian airport, was once the site of the Brooksville Military Airfield, which was active from 1942-1947.
The discovery of an inert World War II-era bomb was a significant find for both the construction crew and local authorities. Sheriff Al Nienhuis explained that because the bomb was so rusted and disintegrated, it was impossible to determine for sure whether it was energized or inert. Bomb experts from Citrus and MacDill counties were called in to examine the bomb and determine its status on Tuesday.
The historical importance of this area makes the discovery of an inert bomb a significant event. During World War II, Brooksville Air Force Base, along with MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and Dr. Air Force Base, were used to train pilots and ground crews. This also included training for bomb squadrons. The discovery of this historical artifact serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who served during this time.