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The Great Big Glorious Success

Wally Byam. Who is he? Wally is Airstream: how did this industrialist develop the iconic, legendary Silver Bullet trailer? His approach to ownership, as an entrepreneur and leader, differed from others who sought wealth above all else. In 1916, the same year that Wally graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon, he wrote down his affirmations, life goals, and his inner view of who he was. The following thought was his life’s fuel, which propelled him forward. “I am a man of extremes – either I will be a big boss, a rousing success, or a blank failure. In

Thank You, Dave Schumann

Friday will see the end of an era at Airstream, as a 44-year veteran of our family will be leaving us. Dave Schumann is retiring, and will leave behind more than four decades of a legacy that touches many different parts of the Airstream story, and our company. Dave grew up on a 100-acre farm just a few minutes away from what’s now Airstream’s Jackson Center factory and headquarters. Everyone in the family worked on the farm, and in his work there Dave developed handyman skills that would serve him well in his later career. In 1969 Dave was drafted


From Primitive to State of the Art

Today’s Airstreams offer a complete camping experience. With kitchens, restrooms, and even showers, it’s quite the glamorous experience as compared to the early days of Airstream. But this didn’t happen overnight. Let’s take a look back. Everyone who goes camping needs water. Before the electronically-measured water tank, the common water carrier was the five-gallon Jerry can. Just think: today’s Airstreams have black tanks, which means you can take wastewater with you. But early on, there were no tanks and no marine toilets. The old ceramic or enamel “thunder mug” was in use as required, then carried to a location for burial. Since then,


Fate, Chance, and the Family History of Airstream

On August 15, 1862, at twenty-four years old, a farmer named Loren Byam enlisted in the Union Army. He served until the war came to a close and was released in Brownsville, Texas almost three years later to the day. The Byam family history is important: Loren, as the progenitor, had two sons whose two grandchildren affected the lives of today’s Airstreamers. Wally Byam was born in 1896 and his cousin, Helen Byam Schwamborn, was born in 1904. Without Wally and Helen, there would have been no Airstream and no Wally Byam Caravan Club. In 1910, Loren received a Certificate

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