A Land Yacht, not just by name

Posted by Dale Schwamborn on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

1958“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

Airstream over the years has used plenty of nautical names in our product lines. A few include Clipper, Land Yacht, Liner, Caravel, Trade Wind, and Flying Cloud. Even the interior structure walls are fashioned after bulkheads.

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

Tahiti in Wally’s first visit wass a tropical, uncultivated, natural paradise. Wally had fond memories from his youth and his first visit to Tahiti. Memories that he shared 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 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. Sleek construction parallel to 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 Airstreams journey on the world’s byways and back roads.


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