The Brooksville Army Airfield
Hernando County Airport, like many general aviation airports of it's genre', is a former WWII military airfield. The War Department constructed a complete operational training facility at the site at the start of WWII. The project consisted of runways, taxiways, aprons, roads, utility systems, and about 150 buildings and structures. The Brooksville Army Air Field was used as an auxiliary airfield of MacDill Field and Drew Field for training pilots and ground crews during the war. Operations at this field began in November 1942 with the arrival of the 1st Bomb Squadron. The 9th Bombardment Group used the airport for training on B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberators. The bomber crews from Brooksville regularly made practice runs to Avon Park and Osprey Bombing Ranges.
The site remained active until late 1945, then began concluding its activities and closing down. The Army determined that the site was surplus to their needs and reported it excess to the War Assets Administration (WAA) between 23 April 1946 and 11 June 1947. The WAA sold or removed most of the improvements for off-site use. The WAA conveyed the acreage and remaining improvements to the city of Brooksville by quitclaim deeds dated 10 October 1946, 29 September 1947 and 3 August 1948. The deeds contained recapture clauses, reverter clauses, maintenance clauses and restricted the property to public airport use only. The Federal Aviation Administration has since modified the public airport use restrictions and released the recapture clause.
Shortly thereafter, the city of Brooksville transferred the property to Hernando County. The site is still owned by Hernando County except for two small parcels sold to private interests. The remaining acreage is currently used by the county for an airport, industrial park, prison, land rentals and tree farming. (source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Brooksville-Tampa Regional: The Modern Day Airport
Brooksville -Tampa Regional Airport and Technology Center is conveniently situated on Florida's Gulf Coast, approximately 44 miles north of the city of Tampa. Access to the Tampa metro area is direct via the Suncoast Parkway. The airport is part of the communities of Brooksville and Spring Hill which feature numerous hotels, restaurants and entertainment. Airport runways easily accommodate private and commercial aircraft. Multi-modal, the airport has an onsite Rail Park for possible direct-by-rail access to the deep water Port of Tampa. Interstate 75, U.S. 41 & U.S. 19 are nearby, and the adjacent Suncoast Parkway has streamlined travel time to Tampa considerably. With over 125 businesses, the Technology Center is home to world class manufacturers and aerospace suppliers. Because Tampa International Airport is a short drive away, the Brooksville-Tampa Regional Airport does not serve the general public through commercial airlines.