Collection: Airstreams
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Published: April 24, 2015
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The Airstream Recreational Vehicle is the iconic symbol of a certain kind of uniquely American patriotism. First presented to the public in the 1920s and 30s, these oversized trailers were instantly recognizable for their rounded (“aerodynamic”) aluminum bodies. The designer, Hawley Bowlus, had been the construction chief on Charles Lindbergh’s plane, “The Spirit of St. Louis.” Just barely surviving the Great Depression and WWII years, it was during the 1950s redefinition of what it meant to be an American that the “Airstreamers” hit their stride.

America in an enormous country compared to the relatively tiny nations of Europe and elsewhere from whence Americans’ parents came. And some Americans are bound and determined, be it by right or duty, to visit every one of the 50 United States, 49 of them accessible by our marvelous (then-new) interstate highway system. Booking hotel and plane tickets wasn’t feasible — but simply driving and parking in state after state solves a lot of problems. Except a really big American problem: I need to watch TV each night. I need to sleep in my own bed. In America, we solve problems. The Airstream RV was (and still is!) the answer.

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

— Anonymous

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

— Saint Augustine

Oh the places you’ll go.”

— Dr. Seuss

People don’t take trips, trips take people.”

— John Steinbeck

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medli96Hobbyist General Artist
My childhood revolved around airstreams and I'm a Canadian!

We owned 3 and recently sold 1...

My grandparents had one too and I loved going to airstream rallies with them every year :'c
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UltraDadHobbyist Writer
Let's not forget the greatest RV ever - the Ark II!!

Ark II (Filmation's ARK II) -- AFMD by REMandel  
hanino07's avatar
aha (y) verry good idea :) 
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Robbplanet General Artist
I've always wanted to get one and attach some Rocket ship tail fins since forever..
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NalusaHobbyist Artist
Having lived in one for three years (a whole family of five) while the property we lived on was being developed for building a house, my opinion of these is not favorable by even the most remote standards. It's an aluminum can of being hellishly trapped underfoot, with no choice or means as a young teenager to do anything about it.
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ZeusThundererStudent Digital Artist
Like a spaceship with wheels, in the functional sense.
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asiteducationProfessional Artist
Nice design....
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DrChiefChickenHobbyist Traditional Artist
hey its “aerodynamic”!
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asiteducationProfessional Artist
ok fine..
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Sadie-HHobbyist General Artist
The more I look at these RVs, the more that they look like spaceships, though.
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Grandparents have one.
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