Originally Posted by Sprouty
I understand that part what I was wondering about was since mine was the 77th one built does that mean the 77th airstream built in 47 including all models? I read that only about 24 liners were built at the location mine was built so it must be the 77th Airstream not the 77th liner right?
Congratulations on acquiring your nice 1947 22' Liner s/n 1077.
The 22' Liners had serial numbers beginning at 1001, so your is the 77th 22' Liner built. But it is not necessarily the 77th Airstream built in 1947. One or more 28' Whirlwinds might
have been built at the L.A. Metropolitan Airport before your trailer, but so far no Whirlwind has surfaced with a model code (date code) that confirms or refutes that possibility.
Liner is the generic name for all early Airstreams having two rounded ends. Early Liners also came in a 28' length, the Whirlwind, and in a 16' length, the Wee Wind. The 28' Whirlwind had serial numbers in the 2XXX range that began at 2001 and the 16' Wee Wind had serial numbers in the 3XXX range that began at 3001. So yours is the 77th 22'
Liner built at the Metropolitan Airport but not necessarily the 77th Airstream built (although it could be if no 28' Whirlwind having an earlier build date was built there).
The information that only 24 Liners were built at the L.A. Metropolitan Airport is incorrect and likely stale. Your trailer establishes that at least 77 Liners were built there through November 1947. Airstream moved to 1755 No. Main Street, Los Angeles around December 1947 and by January 1948 was manufacturing trailers at that new plant.
Enjoy your Liner!