“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.”
Love is in eternal bloom. In 1960, Wally Byam had a party to celebrate the marriage of Art and Toni. Somewhere on the African Caravan they fell in love and were married. Secretly! No one knew. So in Venice, Italy their marriage was announced, the Caravanners gathered to celebrate and Wally rented the wedding gondola.
The story doesn’t begin here at Dulles International Airport, located in Chantilly, Virginia. It begins in Los Angeles, California in 1962 after Wally Byam passed, when Stella Byam and Airstream executives had a meeting and set in motion the Wally Byam Foundation. The Foundation spanned 15 years from 1962 to 1977.
There are endless hours put into planning, executing, and getting on the road for an Airstream Wally Byam foreign Caravan.
In the early 1920’s, Wally Byam met Cornelius "Neil" Vanderbilt, Jr. for the first time. Their friendship would last for the rest of their lives.
At Airstream we’re very proud of our construction processes and product quality, and why wouldn’t we be? Approximately 70 percent of the Airstream travel trailers ever built are still on the road. And you can expect that a new Airstream is just as tough as one that founder Wally Byam himself could have designed.
The Airstream name has existed for nearly a century, and when you look back to the beginning of the company, there’s something you notice. While there have been numerous advances in technology, construction, and style since 1931, we have maintained basically the same look when it comes to our trailers. It’s not because we’re stubborn – it’s because that design has stood the test of time, and helped us outlive most of our competition.
As part of Throwback Thursdays, we will be hearing from some contributors who are experts in the history of Airstream, and people who have participated in that history. Dale Schwamborn fits both categories, and has been a part of the Airstream story almost from birth.