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Brooksville Army Airfield

Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport

16110 Aviation Loop Drive
Brooksville, Florida 34609
Hernando County
(352) 754-4061

This site is located in the WestCentral region of the state. The latitude and longitude of the site is 28-28-25.0N / 82-27-19.5W.


Exit I-95 at US-98/SR-50 (Exit 61). Travel west on SR-50 to US-41 and turn south (left) to Spring Hill Drive. Proceed west (right) on Spring Hill Drive to Hernando County Airport.

This site is accessible by the public.

Located 7.5 miles southwest of Brooksville, operations at this field began in November 1942 with the arrival of the 1st Bomb Squadron. Constructed on 2,014 acres offered by the town, the 9th Bombardment Group trained on B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberators. Designated an auxiliary base to Drew Field in Tampa, the crews from Brooksville regularly made practice runs to Avon Park Bombing Range and Osprey Bombing Range. A tactical bombing school operated under the direction of Orlando Air Base was also present.

With the end of hostilities, Brooksville AAF became the Hernando County Airport in late 1945. Only a large concrete bunker (approximately 25’ x 100’), used in testing and alignment of aircraft machine guns, remains from WWII.


Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport