Flying Goggles

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RAF Mk IVB Flying Goggles, Battle of Britain era.

 

Very nice set of Mk IVB Flying Goggles, with good lenses showing minimal delamination with one chip to front of left lens that doesn't detract, frames with hardly any dings retaining almost all its painted finish, good loops and well-marked strap. A couple of the rivets on the brow bar are slightly loose, but this does not affect display or functionality and could most likely be easily fixed. The rubber pads are, as usual, hardened, but overall these are in very good shape. Like all early RAF flying kit, they are getting harder and harder to find.

$495 / £395 / €465

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RAF Mk IVB Flying Goggles, Battle of Britain era

RAF Mk IVB Flying Goggles, Battle of Britain era

RAF Mk IVB Flying Goggles, Battle of Britain era

RAF Mk IVB Flying Goggles, Battle of Britain era

RAF Mk IVB Flying Goggles, Battle of Britain era

RAF Mk IVB Flying Goggles, Battle of Britain era

RAF Mk IVB Flying Goggles, Battle of Britain era

RAF Mk IVB Flying Goggles, Battle of Britain era

RAF Mk IVB Flying Goggles, Battle of Britain era

RAF Mk IVB Flying Goggles, Battle of Britain era

RAF Mk VIII aircrew anti-glare spectacles with case.

Excellent pair of Mk VIII aircrew spectacles, anti-glare, in their fitted velvet lined metal case. Spectacles are in great condition, with good frames, tight hinges and lenses having one very small chip on the rear (at the edge of the frame so it cannot be seen and doesn't interfere with vision). Maker marked WOC (Wheway Optical Company) on brow bar, plus nice clear Air Ministry mark and stores ref. number on both frame arms. Case is solid with great markings and full stores ref. information visible, but cloth covering has wear around the edges. The cases are quite scarce - many of these spectacles were reissued in Mk VIIIA cases which had different markings.

$175 / £135 / €160

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RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

RAF Mk VIII Aircrew Spectacles with case

Imperial Japanese Navy flying goggles.

Excellent example of the standard issue goggles for Japanese Navy pilots and crews, featuring the so-called "cat's-eye" shaped lenses. Brown lacquered aluminium frames, brown velvet pads and reddish brown elastic strap - the colour scheme most commonly associated with Naval aviation - though also used by the Army Air Force. No maker markings on frame. Clear acetate lenses suggesting late war. Minor dings to frame but overall very good, clean condition and strap retains elasticity. 

$525 / £399 / €470

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Imperial Japanese Navy flying goggles

Imperial Japanese Navy flying goggles

Imperial Japanese Navy flying goggles

Imperial Japanese Navy flying goggles

Imperial Japanese Navy flying goggles

Imperial Japanese Navy flying goggles

Imperial Japanese Navy flying goggles

Imperial Japanese Navy flying goggles

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

 

Very good pair of M-1944 goggles, issued as general purpose but also worn by pilots and aircrews. This example is USN marked and dated 1945, and comes in its original issue box, labeled with USN contract code. Interestingly, the box also contains an extra lens for the B-8 goggles (which were interchangeable with the M-1944) wrapped in the cloth pouch for Polaroid 1021 goggles! It demonstrates beautifully how pilots - especially naval pilots on carriers - had to improvise and scrounge from time to time. Very good used condition, the rubber nice and pliable and the clear lens showing slight yellowing with age.

$85 / £62 / €72

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WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

WWII US Navy M-1944 Flying Goggles with box.

Replacement lenses for RAF Mk II goggles.

 

These will work for the RAF Mk II goggles (Goggles, Flying, Lightweight) and also the WWI Goggles Mask Mk I and II. Precision, laser cut acryllic/plexiglas/perspex lenses in a light smoke tint intended to make the goggles display well or safer for wearing. How many times we come across goggles with cracked or broken lenses - or delaminated. These are not intended to fool anyone but they look the part. They come as a pair, left and right, with protective plastic cover in place, in a small velverteen pouch with a cleaning cloth.

$35 / £25 / €30

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Replacement lenses for RAF Mk II goggles

Replacement lenses for RAF Mk II goggles

Replacement lenses for RAF Mk II goggles

Replacement lenses for RAF Mk II goggles

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3.

 

3 pairs of AAF M-1943 folding goggles, all with some minor damage but could possibly be used for spares, restored or would display just fine as part of the Emergency Sustenance vest contents for which they were intended. They offered protection from the sun in the event of ditching at sea or force-landing in tropical or desert regions. Two have small cracks/splits in the green acetate lens, the third has issues with the leather as well, but all retain their straps. Price is for all 3 and based on condition.

$28 / £20 / €24

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AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

AAF M-1943 Emergency protective goggles x 3

Emergency dust/wind goggles.

 

Celluloid lenses with faux fur surround and elastic strap with a small hook, these goggles are in very good condition, if slightly misshapen from storage. No damage and appear unused. I'm not sure of their origin, they came together with the previously listed M-1943 goggles. Possibly Japanese? If anyoe can help with OD please email.

$25 / £18 / €20

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Emergency dust/wind goggles

Emergency dust/wind goggles

Emergency dust/wind goggles

Emergency dust/wind goggles

Emergency dust/wind goggles

Emergency dust/wind goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles.

 

Commercial flying goggles from the late 1930s/40s of the type often seen in photos worn by Battle of Britain pilots. Chromed frames with Triplex marked lenses, white rubber cushions and strap similar to Mk II or Mk III goggles; leather with fabric covered springs. labeled "Aviator Goggle" on bridge. I had a similar pair several months ago stamped Lewis Leathers. These are grubby from use and rubber is soiled and misshapen but surprisingly still quite pliable. Strap springs are still strong. Lenses are very good. 

 

$375 / £270/ €315  

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RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

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RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

RAF Private Purchase Triplex Flying Goggles

Bauch and Lomb sunglasses owned and worn by Battle of Britain ace Harold Bird-Wilson together with his single dog tag.

 

Battle of Britain Ace Harold Bird-Wilson enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the RAF. Besides being an ace fighter pilot, he was also one of the earliest "Guinea Pigs" of Dr. Achibald McIndoe and later in the war became one of the first jet pilots. In September 1940 his partrait was drawn by Cuthbert Orde a few days before being shot down by Adolf Galland! In 1944 he was sent to Leavenworth in the USA for command training, returning to lead his wing during the D-Day operations. Undoubtedly he acquired these early Bauch and Lomb anti-glare "aviator" sunglasses from his US connections. Still in their leather case in which he has written his name (first in red ink then in blue) the case also contains one of his dog tags named to Bird-Wilson and dated 1938. The glasses have a small chip in one lens but are otherwise in good, used condition. These items were auctioned by his family several years ago together with some other personal items (not available) and a copy of the auction invoice is included for provenance.

$520 / £380 / €430  email to secure this item

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Battle of Britain pilot sunglasses and dog tag

Harold Bird-Wilson by Cuthbert Orde

Harold Bird-Wilson by Cuthbert Orde

WWII replacement lenses for the AAF B-6, B-7, AN6530 + USN Mk II and Mk IV flying goggles.

 

Various available. Email to ask about green, amber or clear:

 

USN contract American Optical lenses clear (paper wrapped, unopened):

Per pair  $35 / £30 /3€30 

A few loose (unwrapped) pairs and a few singles. email your needs.

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AAF / USN AN6530 goggle lenses

AAF / USN AN6530 goggle lenses

AAF / USN AO clear lenses for AN6530

AAF / USN AO clear lenses for AN6530