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====== Curtis Wright Clipper ====== ===== History ===== ...snip... Curtis Wright, who moved to LA from Michigan before the war to start a manufacturing plant, hired Wally Byam. After the war in 1946, they started production of a new post-war travel trailer based on Wally's pre-war Airstream Clipper & Sliver Cloud models at the Van Nuys Airport (LA Metropolitan Airport). After some months they went their separate ways, forming the Airstream Co. and Curtis Wright Travel Trailers. This appears to be why late '30's Airstreams and 1940's Curtis Wright's look very similar. In June 1949, three individuals, Kenny Neptune, Frank Pollito and "Pat" Patterson, who had met each other while working for Douglas Aircraft, acquired the trailer business from Mr. Wright and began producing trailers under the Silver Streak name in south El Monte California -which it continued into the 1970's as a separate company. source: Entered: Cliff Uyeda ===== Manufacturer Information ===== Curtiss-Wright manufactured airplanes during the 1940's, 1950's. The trailers were made at the Curtis-Wright facilities, but a man bearing the name of Curtis Wright (without the extra "s") took advantage of his name to build trailers, and hired Wally Byam founder of Airstream to continue the Clipper designs. This relationship only lasted for a few months. Trivia question if someone knows the answer. What is the relationship between the Curtiss-Wright aviation manufacturer, and the man named Curtis Wright? (Al Hesselbart RV Historian for the RV Hall of Fame) - There is absolutely no connection between NY native world reknown motorcycle racer Glenn Curtiss - partner with Orville and Wilbur Wright in Curtiss-Wright Aviation and also inventor of the fifth-wheel hitch and the Curtiss Aerocar (based in Ft Lauderdale, FL) (the first fifth-wheel trailers started in 1917) and Curtis Wright the California manufacturer of Curtis Wright trailers that Wally Byam worked for briefly and using the Airsteam/Bowlus style aluminum segment roof design. ===== Years built ===== 1947-1949 Trivia Question: How many of each trailer models were made under Wally Byams directions, and how many trailers were produced after the 1947 separation. Wally Byam then started Airstream, Inc. in mid-1947. Entered: Cliff Uyeda [Wally actually started Airstream in 1932 making a masonite and plywood kit trailer looking nothing like the Clipper. The classic airstream design is a result of his taking over the work of Hawley Bowlus and the Bowlus-Teller Company who designed the segmented aluminum roof to look like the sailplanes that he built of wood and silk. Wally worked for Lockheed during the war while Airsteam was shut down by rationing of aluminum and worked his brief post-war stint with Wright before resuming Airstream production. Al Hesselbart] ===== Models ===== Model 2 Model 5 ===== Interiors ===== ===== Standard Features ===== ===== Unique features/Options ===== ===== Prices ===== ===== Pictures ===== Model 2: {{cw_model2.jpg|}} {{cw_model2b.jpg|}} PO gave permission to upload pictures from ad. ===== Some owners ===== Cliff Uyeda: 1947 Curtis Wright, Model 5, Serial 8060 Please contact me if you are an owner. I would like to exchange info on history, and restoration tips. Dayton Taylor, So. Calif. [[]], Owner of over 25 restored vintage Airstreams, Silver Streaks, Vagabonds, Boles Aero's and many others each with its own unique theme. Email at ===== Clubs/Links =====

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