The first look at the motorhome in the lead image with a helicopter pad on the back brings to mind the “Zephyr Land-Yacht” Brooks Stevens designed for William Woods Plankinton, Jr. in the mid-1930s. A second similar rig also comes to mind, the 1938 Reo Tractor that pulled the “Vagabond,” a large-sized and deluxe Curtiss Aerocar constructed by the Standard Carriage Works of Los Angeles for Dr. Hubert Eaton. The two pale in comparison to the 1952 Executive Flagship motorhome in the lead image with a helicopter on the back and the photo of it below setup with a sun deck.
Research has turned up that it is the 1952 Executive Flagship built by the Mid-State Corp. a large manufacturer of house trailers, it was designed by William B. MacDonald the President of the Company. The fifth-wheel unit is 65-feet long, weighs 18 tons and travels on ten-wheels. The behemoth contained all the comforts of home along with a combination rear sun deck and helicopter pad, and a portable swimming pool which could be erected behind it on site. Learn all the details about the Executive Flagship that was offered for sale for $75,000 in a Popular Science article at Vintage Vacations.
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