Founded in 1929 by Wally Byam, Airstream is a brand of luxury caravans, easily recognized by their polished aluminum coachwork and the use of rivets. Byam acquired the struggling Bowlus Company, which in the days was responsible for the design of Charles Lindbergh’s aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis.
In 1936, Byam introduced his first caravan, the Airstream Clipper, based on an old Bolus design with the door relocated from the front to the side. The Clipper was an instant success. Today, the company is a division of Thor Industries and is the oldest in the industry.
* In 1969, the crewmen of Apollo 11 were quarantined in a modified airtight Airstream trailer. For decades, NASA has used a fleet of Airstream motorhomes to transport astronauts to the launch pad.
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