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Recollections of Airstream and WBCCI

Dale (Pee Wee) Schwamborn

Dale Is the first cousin once removed of Wally Byam. His mother, Helen Byam Schwamborn was Wally's first cousin. Their fathers were brothers. Bert and Ray Byam.

Dale ran across our website in 2006 while doing a search on his mother. He has very kindly provided pictures an offered to answer question related to his memories of Wally Byam, his Mother and Airstream History. These pages may continue to develop over time so check once in a while to see:

Dale Schwamborn

“To Pee Wee Who accompanied me on my first and last Caravan.” Wally Byam

When Wally's book, Trailer Travel Here and Abroad was published he autographed a copy for me. At the time it was great to receive the book and to have him sign it for me. Only after his death did his remembrance in the book hit home. It became true, I was on his first and last Caravan. 1951 to Mexico and Central America, then in 1959 to Africa. Thank you Wally!

Dale's wife, Susan

I have taken pictures from copies of photos, slides etc. and spruced them up in Power Point and then saved them as JEPG's – Dale Schwamborn

Topic – Primary grouping used to categorize information

Details – List of contents under each topic


1951 Caravan to Mexico and Central America

1955 Caravan to Eastern Canada

1956 Caravan to Europe

1957 Caravan to Eastern Canada

1965 See America First

Miscellaneous Caravan pictures

1959 – 1960 Africa – Near East – Europe

Photos, comments and conversation with Pee Wee

Southern, Central, Eastern Africa

Ethiopia, and Sudan


Near East


The Early Years of WBCCI





Wally Byam

Early Byam to Airstream.

Airstream to 1945.

Airstream 1945 until his death in 1962.

Helen Byam Schwamborn, (Mrs. Airstream)

Helen from birth to Airstream.

Helen from Airstream to retirement.

Retirement to death

Byam Family Memories

Family History

Pee Wee - Items of interested. Artifacts. Stories. Miscellaneous photos.

Friends and acquaintances


Wally and Stella Byam's gold Airstream WBCCI #1

Helen's Airstream WBCCI #2

Early Airstreams and other trailers

How Dale got the nickname Pee Wee

Pee Wee is a Caravan name from the past. Caravan wise, I like Pee Wee. It invokes many memories.

In early September 1951, before the 1st Caravan, I trekked with Wally through the High Sierras. We went in at Onion Valley and came out through Whitney Portal. There were five of us. Wally, Stel, Clive and Gareth Glassey and Dale. Wally gave me the moniker of Pee Wee on this trip. Of note Clive and Gareth went on the first Caravan as mechanics, workers and helpers to Wally.

July 4, 2011 was Wally Byam’s 115th birthday. The Oregon Unit hosted a rally in his hometown of Baker City, OR to celebrate his birthday and the opening of a Wally Byam exhibit in the Baker City Heritage Museum

Baker Rally -|- Wally Byam exhibit

Diane and Pee Wee - Baker, OR 2011

The documents provided and the pictures in these photo galleries have been used with permission of Dale Schwamborn. They are intended for personal viewing and enjoyment only and are not to be used in part or in full on other websites, for commercial purpose, or for any other use. For information on this material you can contact Dale at

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