Airstream style through the years
Refining the design
The Airstream Clipper of 1936 is one of the first made by the company to feature the distinctive rounded bodies, which originated from trailer designs created by William Hawley Bowlus several years earlier.
Bowlus was the chief designer of Charles Lindbergh's aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis, but his own Bowlus-Teller Trailer Company company went bankrupt in 1935.
At the bankruptcy auction, Wally Byam bought the tooling, inventory, and other assets and later hired several key Bowlus-Teller employees to make the first Clippers.