Airstream trailers are an iconic piece of American history, and this one's in great shape for its age. This is a great buy.
- Fact 1: Founded in 1936 by Los Angeles lawyer Wally Byam, Airstream was the only travel-trailer company out of more than 400 contemporaries to survive the Great Depression.
- Fact 2: Hawley Bowlus, the Airstream's designer, was also the chief designer of Charles Lindbergh's plane, the Spirit of St. Louis.
- Fact 3: Aluminum shortages during WWII led to a near-shutdown for Airstream, but the post-war travel industry boom allowed the company to open its flagship factory in Jackson Center, Ohio.
- Fact 4: The Airstream's signature "sausage" shape minimizes wind resistance and improves fuel efficiency, something most trailer companies wouldn't seriously attempt until decades later.
- Fact 5: NASA has used a fleet of Airstream motorhomes and trailers to transport and quarantine astronauts since the days of the Apollo program.