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Fueling the Expedition

We take it for granted in the United States where we can obtain fuel for our vehicles. Even in the less-densely populated areas of our country, far from major cities, there are fuel stations within a number of miles. But what do you do in Africa, in 1959, where such resources are often unavailable? Many outposts we came across had gasoline for sale, but only in small amounts. And most villages didn’t have their own gas supplies, and those that did weren’t eager to sell what little fuel they had. One way we could ensure access to a constant gasoline

Wally’s First Commandment

Years ago, I was asked to judge engineering presentations at Arizona State University. The students had been asked to plan, manage, and assemble their own Airstream African Caravan. One ambitious group in particular I remember. They believed they could travel from Cape Town to Cairo in a period of just two months. The roads in Africa have improved since our historic voyage across the continent. But what we found in those days put us often in a precarious and dangerous position. Let’s go back in time to 1959. The First Commandment of the Wally Byam Caravan: Thou shalt love thy

A New Dimension in Enjoyment

What a wonderful testament and legacy Wally Byam left behind when he wrote the Wally Byam Creed. To open a whole world of new experiences…a new dimension in enjoyment, where travel adventures and good fellowship are your constant companions. It was apparent to Wally that Airstream was more than just a travel trailer. Customers came into his factory in Los Angeles, glowing with pride in their Airstreams, spouting tales from their travels, excited to have met other Airstream owners along the way. Airstream always had touch-and-go financial situations throughout the 40’s and 50’s. The businessman, showman, and entrepreneur decided that

A Midnight Encounter

Nick Charles and I were parked at Prince Albert National Park. You remember Nick Charles? Son of Airstream President Andy Charles, who I’ve had…misadventures…with? We were in the Belgian Congo, near the entrance to the park. Late in the afternoon, Wagon Boss Lou Mousley pulled in – then, Wally and Stella. When their Airstreams, and the dust that followed, settled Wally asked me and Nick to come over for a meeting. With Wally and Lou, we discussed the next stop. Through our association with Jean-Pierre Hallet, a school had been notified about the Caravan and our impending arrival. All was

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