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Old 12-16-2003, 07:36 AM   #1
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Airstream Factory Tour

Here are a few of the near 100 photos we took while in Jackson Center yesterday! We met several folks from the company yesterday. Many thanks to all who met, talked with us, took us on the tour, etc. Visiting Jackson Center to an Airstreamer was like going to Mecca for a Muslim!

The town of Jackson Center as well as the surrounding communities are very beautiful, quiet and friendly. I think it's the only area in the world where folks were not staring at the Airstreams as the are as common as air around the area!

Enjoy!

Update....for those who would like to see all the photos, I've since added them to one of my websites....if interested, point your favorite browser to:

www.silvertwinkie.org
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Airstream=Quality/Over time!

Posted all over the factory!
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Old 12-16-2003, 07:39 AM   #3
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Near the main enterance of the factory.
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Old 12-16-2003, 07:44 AM   #4
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Here is a festive shot of the woodworking area.
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Step up to the Bambi bar folks...complete with Airstream tap head (next picture)...I want one for Christmas (once I get a basement)!

Anyone want one while I'm back here?
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The Airstream tap head....did I mention I want one of these too!
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Old 12-16-2003, 07:48 AM   #7
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Dinette seats waiting for fabrics....
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Here is what your Airstream looks like in the near start of the process.....these are the outer (I believe) sheets from Alcoa.
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This is the the machine (I believe) that punches some of the rivet holes for the outer skins....I always wondered how the people riveted in such straight lines....truth be told...they have a little help!
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Here are two employees taking the raw materials you just viewed (after having rivet holes punched by that machine) and putting the upper and lower sections of the skin together.
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Here is a completed panel.....
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We're (Boltos and I) are taking his 1970 Safari up tomorrow for some work. We were wondering if a tour would be possible. Did you have to arrange it in advance?

Also, is there some sort of parts store there?
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Here is the fabric area.....
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...and the some of the fabrics used. We found rolls of Spellbound among the line of offered fabrics.
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