Originally Posted by InsideOut
Yeah, I know...but that's the blue LandYacht placque by the door. The one I am talking about is the one with wally's face and the flag on the upper corner segment...I'll ask Fred to clarify, no sense in "just guessing". Shari
Hi Shari & All:
This 7 panel 22' Flying Cloud s/n 8276 is a mid to late 1957
Airstream that has the "Land Yacht" plaque on the front end cap forward of the curb side upper fixed window. It reveals use of the "Land Yacht" plaque began in mid 1957
. The "Land Yacht" plaque identifies this trailer as being "self-contained" by 1950's standards, which means it has a propane instead of electric refrigerator and water heater, a black water holding tank for the toilet, and a 12 volt
interior light system (among other features). The futuristic Ogden water filter at the sink is an optional extra on this "Land Yacht" trailer but was standard on the higher trim level "International" self-contained trailers.
Best I can tell, the separate "Land Yacht" plaque and "International" globes were used on the trailer exterior to identify upgraded (from base level standard 120 volt a.c. powered) Airstreams from 1957
to about 1960
, when those separate trim level designators were replaced by a large rectangluar serial number plate that included the factory and trim level. This Flying Cloud helps establish the Land Yacht and International trim Airstreams were first offered in mid 1957.
That's one very nice Flying Cloud fitted with the Land Yacht self-containment package, unusual for a 22' trailer built in 1957. Grab her and keep her!