OCALA NATIONAL FOREST, FL — Every so often, visitors to Juniper Springs in the Ocala National Forest are startled by the shriek of low-flying military jets overhead. Little do they realize that the Navy F/A-18 Hornets may be bombing a mock-up desert village and runway just a couple of miles to the south.
The isolated, 5,700-acre Pinecastle Bombing Range has been used for military exercises since World War II. Few see it from ground level, but from above it looks like a giant crop circle of geometric shapes that include full-size military targets such as tanks, SAM missile batteries, vehicle convoys, airplanes, radar installations and residential buildings.
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Photos: Michael Warren