History, and the Glory of Airstreams- Bethany Salazar, Ever-Green Design Firm

Hello! 🙂 I hope you all had a nice day today and are ready for some insight on what we have been up to. We have been super busy to get everything to be done before any of the appliances come and its time to present. I am going to give you an important date which is when we should have most of the project done and ready for the presentation of the new teachers space… Grab your calendars and write in the date: 23rd of May. That is when our families, teachers, staff, and real engineers are going to hear from us. The High School engineering class of 2016. I am very excited for this day and excited to see the final product. I am a little nervous because I will be the first student talking about the ebook that we are creating as we speak. Oh, oops that reminds me, I forgot to mention that for the past few days we have been learning how to do technical writing, and learning how to tell the difference between different types of writings. We have also started our passages from our ebook. My group is in charge of The History of the Airstream. I am suppose to write about the history of the airstream and my group is suppose to talk about the technical part of the airstream. We chose to do this passage because we really enjoy what the Airstream stands for and what was behind that giant piece of aluminum.

Airstream on the date of 04/04/14

Airstream on the date of 04/04/14

As a class we have made so much progress on building and designing the airstream. Friday after school was the last time I worked on the airstream physically. It was my 4 hour work day thats required to get a grade on, here we got a lot done, I worked part time painting then helping build the small deck right outside of the trailer. The exterior part of the trailer is looking very nice, the underclassmen are doing a great job keeping it exotic and beautiful with many natural components. Something that really interested me this week that Mrs. Joe told us the keep in mind was the outside research part of the History of the Airstream than just using the resources Mrs. Joe provided us. As I read more and more of the book I was assigned to know and be familiar with I wanted to learn more about Wally Byam, the inventor and creator of the airstream. I also wanted to know more, stuff that the book Airstream,The History of the Land Yacht by Bryan Burkhard and David Hunt didn’t mention. So what I learned is that not only did Wally do amazing things that inspired many people for new inventions but he actually care a lot about people, in the book it talks a lot about how Wally wanted everyone to have comfortable living so he would make all his things very affordable. I looked up a couple of inspiring quotes from Wally himself and some facts about him…


Creating the deck and fixing the exterior

Building the deck and fixing the exterior



Airstream is the oldest manufacturer of recreational vehicles in the U.S. and is the most commonly recognized aluminum travel trailer in the world.


In 1936, Wally stated that he is in business “to make people’s dreams come true.”


It takes about 280 human hours to build the average Airstream.


Celebrity owners include: Tom Hanks who was gifted by his wife, Rita Wilson, Johnny Depp, Adrian Brody, Diablo Cody, Steve Carrell, Colin Farrell, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock, Matthew Modine, Kate Pierson of the B52s, David Duchovny, Tim Burton, Lenny Kravitz, Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong, John Mellencamp, Eddie Vedder and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson.


Airstreams have been featured in numerous films including “Charlie’s Angels,” “Raising Arizona,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Independence Day,” “Mars Attacks!,” “American Odyssey,” and “The Hills Have Eyes,” and “Wall Street II.”


In 1955, the United States military used an Airstream in atomic bomb testing in the Nevada desert.


“In the heart of these words is an entire life’s dream. To those of you who find in the promise of these words your promise, I bequeath this creed… my dream belongs to you.”


To place the great wide world at your doorstep for you who yearn to travel with all the comforts of home.

To provide a more satisfying, meaningful way of travel that offers complete travel independence, wherever and whenever you choose to go or stay.

To keep alive and make real an enduring promise of high adventure and faraway lands… of rediscovering old places and new interests.

To open a whole world of new experiences… a new dimension in enjoyment where travel adventure and good fellowship are your constant companions.

To encourage clubs and rallies that provide an endless source of friendships, travel fun and personal expressions.

To lead caravans wherever the four winds blow… over twinkling boulevards, across trackless deserts… to the traveled and untraveled corners of the earth.

To play some part in promoting international goodwill and understanding among the peoples of the world through person-to-person contact.

To refine and perfect our product by continuous travel-testing over the highways and byways of the world.

To strive endlessly to stir the venturesome spirit that moves you to follow a rainbow to its end… and thus make your travel dreams come true.

– Wally Byam


Wally and his wife next to an airstream

Wally and his wife next to an airstream


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