August 7, 2014

Airstream and the Sea

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“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Over the years, Airstream has always used nautical names in their product lines. A few names are Clipper, Land Yacht, Liner, Caravel, Trade Wind, and Flying Cloud. Even the interior structure walls are bulkheads.

As a young man, Wally Byam was drawn to the seas. In joining the Seaman’s Union, he sailed the South Seas.

Wally had fond memories from his youth and of his first visit to Tahiti. Tahiti in Wally’s first visit was a tropical, uncultivated, natural paradise. He shared these memories with others.

Prior to the 1959 Airstream Wally Byam African Caravan, he and his wife Stella sailed for Tahiti. Unlike today where there is jet service to the Polynesian Paradise, in 1958 Tahiti’s changes were minor and remained very similar to the first time Wally visited the islands.

This 1958 trip gave Wally a well-deserved vacation, prior to going to Africa.

Airstream’s benefits from Wally’s love in seafaring are many. Airstream’s sleek construction parallels the finest yachts, compactness utilizing every nook and cranny for comfortable living and storage.

Truly, Airstream is a Land Yacht. Yachts sail the oceans and Airstream journey the world’s byways and back roads.

Aloha!

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