Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I thought I might just post something interesting. On certain days, you can hear a big BOOM! and Macy will jump up and start barking. I found out that there is a bombing range in the Ocala National Forrest. I searched it on Wiki and here you go.
"The United States Navy's Pinecastle Bombing Range in the Ocala National Forest is the only place on the East Coast where the Navy can do live impact training. The Navy drops nearly 20,000 bombs a year at the site, a few hundred of which are live. The Pinecastle Bombing Range is a fenced 5,760 acres (23.3 km2) area, with the eastern edge of the range located about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of State Road 19 and the Camp Ocala campgrounds, and one-half mile (800 m) west of the Farles Lake campground. F/A-18 Hornet jet fighters and other aircraft take off from Naval Air Station Jacksonville or from aircraft carriers off the Florida coast, fly low over the forest, and drop their bombs in the middle 450 acres (1.82 km2) of the range. All air-to-ground exercises using conventional ordnance up to and including 500 pounds (226.8 kg) MK 82 bombs and five-inch (127 mm) Zuni rockets are authorized. Napalm and High Explosive Incendiary (HEI) are prohibited. Live ordnance is restricted to the Live Ordnance Impact Area; inert ordnance is used on all other targets. Pinecastle targets have also been certified for laser operations. The Navy has used the area for target practice for 50 years under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service."  -Wikipedia
Or if you're like my mom and think that Wiki is not trustworthy, here it is from the Ocala National Forest website itself.
"Several branches of the military utilize federal land in the Ocala National Forest for training excercises. Special Use Permits are issued to braches such as the National Guard, ROTC, US Army Special Forces and the United States Navy. Most of the permits are for short periods of time, issued for each individual outing. The Forest Service and the Unites States Navy have a longer agreement for the use of the Pinecastle Bombing Range. This range was established by the Army Air Corps in 1943 and has been in continuous use by the United States Navy since the early 1950's to train aircrews and support personnel." -USDA Ocala National Forest  
So if you ever come to my house or happen to be passing near Ocala  National Forrest, don't get scared if you hear a bomb. :)

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