View Full Version : Bombing range?

07-13-2015, 08:38 PM
Where's the bombing range?

I've been looking at a map of Florida till my eyes got crossed and cant find the bombing range anywhere near Ocala.

07-14-2015, 05:57 AM
Don't have the book nearby, but if memory serves, the reference may be to the the old facility in Brooksville (hhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooksville_Army_Airfieldttp://). Mostly only remembered by old-timers, except when unexploded ordnance is uncovered, you won't find it named on a map. After WWII, it became Hernando County Airport.

While I think that's the location referred to in the book, considerably further south of Ocala there's the large and still operative (as far as I know) Avon Park Air Force Range (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avon_Park_Air_Force_Range), as well as a closed range in Osprey.

Anyway, its there somewhere. AA knows all, sees all, and remembers all.

BTW, welcome to the monkey-house.

07-14-2015, 08:17 AM
I thought it was off 19 near Howey In The Hills.

07-14-2015, 09:09 AM
If I remember correctly, the bombing range is outside Ocala.

You won't find the B-17 base (gone years ago and now a few houses and pasture) on a map here in Bushnell, FL either, but it used to be buzzing with them and some B-25's and 26's and P-38's & 47's so I hear. Still see some of the metal grid runway (too sandy I guess here) scattered here and there.

07-14-2015, 09:47 AM
I knew about the one in Avon Park/ Sebring.

07-14-2015, 02:07 PM
Here's a list (Wikipedia, though) of Army Air Force Airfields in Florida (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Airfields_of_the_United_States_Army_Air_F orces_in_Florida).

07-15-2015, 11:11 PM
The range is called Pinecastle naval bombing range on highway 19 just south of highway 40 in the Ocala Forest. you'll find it on Google Earth.

07-15-2015, 11:30 PM
I have an old map from when I used to live in Jacksonville.

I've been to the prison a few times as a guest Chaplin. Didn't get to do much sight seeing.


07-16-2015, 07:23 AM
Now I wonder who 'FRED' is/was?

07-18-2015, 01:19 AM
She's a fan Kick that threw her name in the hat when I asked.

07-18-2015, 09:46 AM
No, sorry for the confusion. As I zoom into Pincastle on Google Maps/Earth, not only is there "GO USN" spelled out, but so is "FRED".

07-26-2015, 09:59 PM

07-26-2015, 10:06 PM
Who is Fred?


07-26-2015, 10:11 PM
That was my question .

09-22-2016, 12:31 PM
Here's a link to the bombing range on Google Maps:


10-02-2016, 09:49 AM
They still use the range from time to time. I have no idea why it says "FRED" out of some trucks. lol. I had actually never seen arial photos till now of the range. I just knew where it was in a general aspect (and I live in the area). http://www.militarybases.us/navy/pine-castle-bombing-range/

10-02-2016, 03:39 PM
FRED = Florida Range - Explosive Devices

10-02-2016, 06:26 PM
Fred was in one of the later books, DHS guy gone good :shock: maybe, jus sayin'

10-02-2016, 08:35 PM
Nope, that's Aric. Fred's his girl...kinda. Our question is why it says "FRED" on the bombing range .

10-02-2016, 09:16 PM
Maybe the guys on the range read the book? :)