This World War II era airfield was located ten miles north of Green Cove Springs off of U. S. Highway 17 opened up in 1960. Drag races were held on the northern east-west asphalt runway of the Fleming Island Naval Outer Landing Field and was named after the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft that flew out of the base. The track was back-lit by two big WWII surplus searchlights that would go from idle to full light when the cars staged. Starting was by a liberated traffic light hanging across the track, so no Chrondek type tree here. Races were first every Sunday, but later in 1961, changed to the first and third Sunday. The drag races were the brainchild of three men from Green Cove Springs: Burch Stump, Ben Zeliner, and Ed Taylor. A towering steel thunderbolt piercing the ground marked the entrance to the track leading west from U.S. 17 into the woods. Many big-name racers ran at Thunderbolt including Don Garlits, Connie Kalitta, Chris Karamesines, Don Prudhomme, Art Arfons, and Pete Robinson. At one night-time race, Garlits took a wild ride into the brush after blowing his engine at the finish. He skidded on his oil and went backwards through a fence, into a field. This is the stuff of legends.