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Old 04-15-2016, 02:06 PM   #1
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Help Identifying this Airstream

I have passed this trailer for months and decided to stop and take a look. Badge indicates it is a vintage Flying Cloud (see raised script above name plate). S/N indicates it is a "62" 24 foot trailer. JC first thought it was a Tradewind and then an Overlander.

But here is the puzzling thing: it has dual axles. Spec for "62" Flying Clouds show them at 22' and not 24'. When I look at the floor plan, it indeed looks like a 22' Flying Cloud. Were additional axles an option at the time. I believe "62" was the first year for Duratorque axles...factory decide to try dual on the Flying Cloud?

Any historians or vintage Flying Cloud owners feel free to weigh in...

Thanks...Bob "Roadrunner"
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Old 04-15-2016, 04:03 PM   #2
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Hi Bob:

I'll take a guess about it. It appears to be a 1962 Ohio built 24' tandem axle Airstream with a custom 2' longer Flying Cloud floor plan in place of the standard Trade Wind Twin or Double bed floor plan. The serial number indicates this is a 24' trailer, and I imagine if you ran a tape measure from the back bumper to the front ball coupler it would read very close to 24'. But the single curb side front louvered window suggests a 1962 Flying Cloud floor plan. Another photo of the street side windows would be very helpful to confirm this strong possibility.

I imagine a customer wanted the Flying Cloud floor plan on a tandem axle chassis, and had to order a 24' long chassis to make this happen. In 1962, tandem axles were an available option on the 24' Trade Wind (and standard on longer trailers) but not on the 22' Flying Cloud. So, the solution appears to be a Flying Cloud type floor plan on a 24' tandem axle chassis.

The customer also ordered the upgraded International interior trim with its many nice standard features that were optional on lower trim Land Yacht trailers. The "I" prefix to the serial number, the tubular frame around the serial number plate and the printed "International" name on the serial number plate all identify this as the highest trimed Airstream trailer. The Flying Cloud name badge and the unusual window arrangement on the curb side tell us this is a very unusual custom made Ohio built Airstream with a slightly stretched Flying Cloud floor plan inside. Neat find!

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Old 04-15-2016, 10:01 PM   #3
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"62" Flying Cloud

Fred...your assumptions sound plausible. The trailer has 3 windows side by side on the street side...just like the floorpan I posted. Looks just like a Flying Cloud but longer with dual axles. Wonder how common custom trailer were with Airstream back in those days? Thanks for your thoughts!

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Old 04-16-2016, 04:58 AM   #4
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It could very well have been originally ordered by somebody that wanted a Flying Cloud, but also wanted to take their trailer on caravans. I remember Wally wanted tandem axle trailers only in his caravans.
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Looks awesome, though it also looks like it will need a lot of restoration love. If you're ready for that dive, get in the water! Can't wait to see what you'll do with it.

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