Street Rod Magazine
June 1972 Issue

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Why is this "review" in this F-84 site? Bear with me.


Bruce Craig, Street Rod Magazine Production Manager (namely, yours truly, webmaster); cover photo of a street rod with Thunderbirds F-4F Phantom and driver.

At one point in my charmed life, I was Production Manager and later Editor of this magazine. As with many magazines, we had contributing writers and photographers. One of our contributors was an eye surgeon who was also a street rod enthusiast as well as a writer and photographer. His pen name was Freud. Freud and one of his friends, Jim Green, who was a drag racer and street rod builder, decided to attend an air show at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, where the Thunderbirds were to perform. Freud and Jim went to the airshow in Jim's SOHC Ford powered '28 Ford Tudor sedan. Freud was a man who was known for his ability to "go where no man has gone ..." and to pull it off with style. That is to say, although others around -- who didn't know these men -- may have been surprised by their actions, we at the magazine, when we heard the story, were not! When the Thunderbirds had completed their display and were taxiing to position, Freud and Jim simply drove the A past the surprised guards onto the apron and parked in front of one of the Phantoms. You won't be surprised to hear they were immediately surrounded by several very unhappy authorities. But the Thunderbird driver, just climbing from the cockpit of his Phantom, intervened -- as Frued and Jim had counted on -- and asked security to let him look the car over. The end of the story, of course, is that Freud got his photos with the Thunderbird pilot and his mount, and Jim Green and his mount, and it ended up on the cover of our magazine. Well, actually, that is not quite the end of the story. There are two more parts.

First, Freud somehow misidentified the F-4F as an F-105 Thunderchief, and so it was identified in our magazine. Hence, the "relevance" to this site. At the time, I was not following military aircraft, and I didn't know the difference. Hey, pobody's nerfect! Second -- and this is information from a letter we received at the magazine -- the pilot, Major Bill Elander, was soon shipped off to Viet Nam where his plane was shot down and he subsequently spent two years as a prisoner of war.

And that is the story of how a Thunderbirds F-105, ooops, F-4F, got onto the cover of Street Rod Magazine.

Street Rod Magazine June 1972 cover
Cover of Street Rod Magazine, June 1972, with photo of Major Bill Elander, Thunderbirds F-4F pilot, and Jim Green, owner/builder of the Ford SOHC powered '28 Ford Tudor, with their respective mounts at Paine Field, Everett, Washington, spring of 1972. Photo by Freud.

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