Born on the 4th of July

On a day when America celebrates almost two and a half centuries of freedom and independence, we at Airstream also celebrate a man who stood for the same values.

Our founder, Wallace Merle Byam, was born on July 4, 1896, in Baker City, Oregon. He championed these values in his Creed – a document that continues to inform our conduct and decision-making at Airstream today. Wally’s Creed hangs on the wall in our office, and every day, his words drive us to honor his core beliefs and greatest ambitions.

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We take seriously our role as stewards of Wally’s dream. So we created this tribute to Wally’s Creed, and we're excited to share it with you. It’s the first in a series of vignettes that showcases where Airstream came from and where we’re headed.

Thanks for watching, and happy Independence Day.


The Creed

In the heart of these words is an entire life’s dream. To those of you who find in the promise of these words your promise, I bequeath this creed...my dream belongs to you.

To place the great wide world at your doorstep for you who yearn to travel with all the comforts of home.

To provide a more satisfying, meaningful way of travel that offers complete travel independence, wherever and whenever you choose to go or stay.

To keep alive and make real an enduring promise of high adventure and far away lands...of rediscovering old places and new interests.

To open a whole world of new experiences...a new dimension in enjoyment where travel adventure and good fellowship are your constant companions.

To encourage clubs and rallies that provide an endless source of friendships, travel, fun, and personal expressions.

To lead caravans wherever the four winds blow...over twinkling boulevards, across trackless deserts... to the traveled and untraveled corners of the earth.

To play some part in promoting international goodwill and understanding among the peoples of the world through person-to-person contact.

To refine and perfect our product by continuous travel-testing over the highways and byways of the world.

To strive endlessly to stir the venturesome spirit that moves you to follow a rainbow to its end...and thus make your travel dreams come true.

–Wally Byam

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