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Made by Curtis Wright Industries' Aircraft & Trailers (no relationship to the Curtiss-Wright Corporation)
If you are an owner of a Curtis Wright, please add your contact name, email, model, and serial number below. It would be interesting to find as many CW trailers that are still out there. If you need help posting pictures or adding info here email your info, and I will be happy to add it here. Cliff Uyeda: email@example.com
…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 & Silver Cloud models at the 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:http://www.vintageairstream.com/FAQ/FAQ_1.html
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.
1946-1949 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]
Model 2, Model 5 Lengths: 16, 22, 27, and 31 foot Are there other models/designs? How are the serial numbers sequentialed? How many were made of each model?
Flagship, Cruiser, or Sleeper model? 1948, Serial Number 8180 (no identification tag present, this number stamped into frame near coupling). Possibly a prototype. Built on steel ladder frame. Overall length 28'-0” x 7'-10” Overall width. Interior height 6'-4”. Two doors on opposite sides. Charly Bournazos firstname.lastname@example.org
Advertisments: March 1947 issue of Trailer Topics Magazine. Side, and or front galleys 22' models under 1,500 lbs.
2-22-08. For a photo of the prewar Airstream trailer that I believe is the design source for the CW Model 2, see my 8 page article in the Spring 2008 issue of Airstream Life magazine, www.airstreamlife.com. If you do not subscribe, this issue will soon be available in certain book stores such as Barnes & Noble and Borders. Enjoy! Fred Coldwell, VAC Historian & Airstream Life “Old Aluminum Adventures” columnist.
Stephan Bolliger, email@example.com: owner from Switzerland;1947 Curtis Wright, Modell 5, Serial 8039,
Cliff Uyeda, firstname.lastname@example.org: 1947 Curtis Wright, Model 5, Serial 8060, Long Beach,CA Please contact me if you are an owner. I would like to exchange info on history, and restoration tips.
Bill Speaker: Tipton, MI, SPYTIMES@aol.com: 1947 Curtis Wright, Model 5, Serial 8081
Chris and Pat Huotari: 1947 Curtis Wright pictured in “Silver Palaces” by Douglas Keister, pg.98
Robert Lau:Silverthorne CO, email@example.com: 1947 Curtis Wright Model 5, Serial 8086
Mark Olson, firstname.lastname@example.org: 1947 Curtis Wright, Model 5, Serial 8102
*Owner unknown: 1947 Curtis Wright, Model 5, Serial 8103
Bill and Candy Fisher email@example.com: 1947 Model 5, Serial 8124,
Philip Dillon, firstname.lastname@example.org: 1947 Model 5, Serial 8160
Dal Smilie, www.dalsmilie.com: 1949 Curtis Wright, Model 5, Serial 8225
Kevin Barnes 1947 Curtis Wright, Model 5, Serial 8251
*1948 Curtis Wright, Model 5, Serial 8253, now in the UK, owners Suzie and Dani, currently being restored
Bob And Linda Bryan, email@example.com, 1948 Curtis Wright Model 5, Serial 8254 Has a dealer emblem: R-K Trailer Co., St. Joseph, MO, Topeka, KS, Booneville, MO
Mark Frey, firstname.lastname@example.org:1949 Curtis Wright, Model 5, Serial 8279
*Owner unknown: 1949 Curtis Wright, Model 5, Serial 8560
2-22-08. For more exterior and interior photos of the believed Model 5 prototype and a very early production Model 5 Clipper, see my 8 page article in the Spring 2008 issue of Airstream Life magazine, www.airstreamlife.com. If you do not subscribe, this issue will soon be available in certain book stores such as Barnes & Noble and Borders. Enjoy! Fred Coldwell, VAC Historian & Airstream Life “Old Aluminum Adventures” columnist.
Dayton Taylor, owner of 1949 Curtis Wright, FULLY restored, available FOR SALE on www.VintageTrailerCrazy.com
Amie French & Rich Simpson, email@example.com, Owners of unknown year Curtis Wright, very rough still but plans to restore, Model 5 Serial 8177….photos pending
Don Connell firstname.lastname@example.org, Model 2, serial 5419, Newark, New York
Brad Taylor email@example.com, Model 2, serial 5496, Salem OR
James Wright Model 2, serial 5286 pics soon
Steve Hingtgen Model 2, serial 5061