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Flying Goggles

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US Army / AAF / USN Polaroid 1021 all-purpose goggles.

Though issued as "All-Purpose" goggles, these proved popular with aviators in both the AAF and USN – and also with the RAF (notably RAF ace Ginger Lacey is often pictures wearing these). Very good condition; the rubber is flexible and the elastic stretches perfectly. The sponge backing is a little dry but not perished or flaking at all and still springy. Good green lens fitted.

$60 / £48 / €55

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US AAF Polaroid 1021 all-purpose goggles

US AAF Polaroid 1021 all-purpose goggles

AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one-piece cushion, in box.

Original WWII AAF issue AN6530 flying goggles fitted with a brand new rubber one-piece cushion and strap. Frames have some wear to the plating but no damage or dings and are fitted with original clear glass lenses. Cushion is a very good match for an original, with soft chamois backing. Strap uses original hardware with new elastic. The goggles come in a reproduction of the original cardboard box for storage. Perfect for re-enacting or to fill a gap or if you live in a climate where the rubber pads will deteriorate quickly.

$190 / £155 / €178

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AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one piece cushion, in box

AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one piece cushion, in box

AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one piece cushion, in box

AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one piece cushion, in box

AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one piece cushion, in box

AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one piece cushion, in box

AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one piece cushion, in box

AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one piece cushion, in box

AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one piece cushion, in box

AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one piece cushion, in box

AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one piece cushion, in box

AN6530 goggles. Original frames with new one piece cushion, in box

AAF Type B-8 goggles in original Polaroid box.

Excellent set of Polaroid B-8 goggles in their original Polaroid box. The box itself is quite unusual, perhaps some kind of economy measure – a simple cardboard box with printed labels on the top and inside the lid – compared to the standard laminated, hinged box most often seen. Goggles are in superb  condition, showing very minimal wear and remain nice and pliable, with a fitted amber celluloid lens and good strap. Also unusual is the fact they are double marked in the moulding as Aviation Goggle No. 1065 on the top and Type B-8 on the side, as well as property USAAF. A very nice variation.

$165 / £135 / €155

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AAF Type B-8 goggles in original Polaroid box

AAF Type B-8 goggles in original Polaroid box

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American Optical Airway goggles.

Theough available commercially, these goggles were very popular with AAF flying crews and were often issued to student pilots because they were less expensive than B-7s, and featured celluloid lenses, which were much safer in a landing accident (a common occurrence!). This pair is in great condition and has replacement cushions which will not deteriorate as the originals did. Good strap, frames retain black finish.

$125 / £100 / €118

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American Optical Airway goggles

American Optical Airway goggles

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RAF Mk VIII flying goggles.

Absolutely superb pair of RAF Mk VIII goggles. Most likely slightly postwar, since they have the flat frames rather than the rolled edges generally associated with wartime production, but in all other aspects these are the same pattern as WWII. Grey frames with 99% of their original paint, nice clear lenses, good soft leather and suede cushions and a perfect strap with full elasticity. Surface oxidation to metal strap fittings. 

$200 / £160 / €188

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RAF Mk VIII goggles

RAF Mk VIII goggles

RAF Mk VIII goggles

RAF Mk VIII goggles

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RAF Mk VII goggles, cut down and with simple spring hinge fitted.

A fairly common modification, though it is difficult to know whether this was done during the war or later, from surplus Mk VII goggles. The large blue painted brass frames of Mk VII goggles have been cut down to approximately the dimensions of Mk VIIIs – the edges rolled (like early Mk VIIIs) and retaining the large leather pads and the elasticized webbing strap of Mk VIIs. The large central bar has been replaced with a simple but strong spring to provide enough tension for a good and comfortable fit. Standard Mk VII / Mk VIII lenses are fitted. Minor delamination to lenses. Original Mk VII strap is fully elastic and pads are soft.

$195 / £155 / €180

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RAF Mk VII goggles, cut down and with simple spring hinge fitted

RAF Mk VII goggles, cut down and with simple spring hinge fitted

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Rare Luftwaffe 3rd pattern hinged Nitsche & Gunther Splitterschuttzbrille goggles with tin case.

A great original used set of N&G anti-splinter goggles, (splitterschutzbrille), designed with curved lenses to deflect small splinters and debris while providing good peripheral vision. Black bakelite plastic frames are hinged to provide a good fit (earlier patterns were moulded in one piece in different sizes and did not fit as well). Condition is very good, with excellent tinted lenses and frames. The ribbed silk strap shows slight wear and soiling from use but still displays well, and the elasticated section at the back still stretches perfectly. Stored in their tin case with embossed nomenclature and FL number and original paper tube inside. Tin has a few dings and dents but has protected the goggles well. Originals are getting very difficult to find.

$1,500 / £1,185 / €1,385

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Rare Nitsche & Gunther Splitterschuttzbrille goggles with tin case

Rare Nitsche & Gunther Splitterschuttzbrille goggles with tin case

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USN marked M-1944 goggles dated 1945.

 

Great set of M-1944 goggles, which were intended to be "all-purpose" but were used extensively for flying, in particular by US Navy and Marine Corps pilots. Excellent condition, the rubber nice and pliable, good green lens with slight glue residue from paper protector sheet in a couple of places (at the edge). Elastic strap still has plenty of stretch. Well marked wit USN and date of 1945.

$65 / £52 / €60

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USN marked M-1944 goggles dated 1945

USN marked M-1944 goggles dated 1945

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RAF Mk VIII aircrew anti-glare spectacles with correct 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 tiny 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 turn up in Mk VIIIA cases which had different markings.

$150 / £120 / €140

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Original wartime used Bausch & Lomb Ray-Ban sunglasses.

"Ray-Ban" sunglasses fist appeared in the 1930s and soon became so popular with aviators that the Army Air Corps contracted with Bausch & Lomb to produce sunglasses under contract. This is an early example of commercial Ray-Bans,  which came with a large collection of wartime AAF kit. They are well used though still intact with good hinges, clean light green lenses and all parts complete. Frames show some verdigris and oxidation and the crossbar is split (but intact and could be restored if desired) but the all important maker mark "Bausch & Lomb" clearly visible on the bridge.

$75 / £62 / €70

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AAF original Bausch & Lomb Rayban sunglasses

AAF original Bausch & Lomb Rayban sunglasses

AAF original Bausch & Lomb Rayban sunglasses

AAF original Bausch & Lomb Rayban sunglasses

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Luxor 16 flying goggles by Meyerowitz.

 

Absolutely superb pair of the Luxor 16 goggles, which were very popular with RAF pilots at the beginning of WWII and during the Battle of Britain, stemming from the British Schneider trophy racing team which all wore this model. Luxor were considered the Rolls Royce of flying goggles and those who could afford them, and this example is in exceptional condition. The goggles feature convex lenses in plated frames with sponge rubber cushions. The classic orange rubber cushions are in remarkable condition, soft and springy with very minor surface spider cracks, but fully pliable. Strap has a little stretch left in it and frames are flawless, marked "LUXOR Made in USA" and with perfectly working barrel adjustment at bridge. Just superb.

$400 / £320 / €375

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Luxor 16 flying goggles by Meyerowitz

Luxor 16 flying goggles by Meyerowitz

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Rare Spanish Civil War flying goggles by "Mira" - Castile crest stamped.

 

Often mistaken for Luftwaffe goggles (upon which the design was based). Used by Luftwaffe pilots who flew with the Condor Legion / Spanish Nationalist Air Force during the Spanish Civil War. Strap stamped with the rampant lion symbol of Castile, which held out and won some significant battles for the Republican government.  Dated 1939 and overstamped 1940, (possible reissue). Also unit marked VSI. The frames are slightly dinged (being very lightweight aluminium) but the rubber is soft and pliable with "Mira" moulded into the rubber. Clear acetate lenses are in good condition with light surface scratching. Strap retains elasticity. A superb and rare pair of goggles.

$350 / £280 / €325

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Spanish Air Force Civil war flying goggles

Spanish Air Force Civil war flying goggles

Spanish Air Force Civil war flying goggles

Spanish Air Force Civil war flying goggles

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Spanish Air Force Civil war flying goggles

Spanish Air Force Civil war flying goggles

RAF aircrew "haze" screen by Kodak.

 

Issued to observers on maritime and other reconnaissance aircraft as an aid to spotting oil slicks, submarines, enemy aircraft etc. Each coloured filter served a different purpose depending on weather conditions. Officially recorded as flying clothing these were issued as flying goggles with the stores ref. number 22C/872.

Wooden frame is maker marked (Kodak Ltd, London). Later examples were made of bakelite and had a cut out for use with an oxygen mask. Not a common item.

$135 / £110 / €125

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RAF aircrew "haze" screen by Kodak

RAF aircrew "haze" screen by Kodak

RAF aircrew "haze" screen by Kodak

RAF aircrew "haze" screen by Kodak

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WWII Italian Air Force "Protector" goggles with case.

 

Very good rare pair of "Protector" goggles by "La Cicogna" (The Stork) of Turin. These were popular in the 1930s with Italian racing and competition pilots and continued in use throughout the war. Well marked throughout and though the strap has lost its elasticity and the rubber cushions have hardened, they display well. Cushions have no damage and are not misshaped in any way. Complete with their original aluminium case which is also well marked.

$375 / £295 / €345

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WWII Italian Air Force "Protector" goggles with case

WWII Italian Air Force "Protector" goggles with case

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Scarce Italian Air Force issue "Protector" type flying goggles.

 

By far the most popular of the Italian Air Force flying goggles of WWII, these "Protector" goggles were worn by the competitive racing pilots and retained for use by combat aircrews. Plated frames with tubular rubber cushions, clear glass lenses and a silky elastic strap. The cushions are perfectly pliable and frames are without any dings or damage. Strap is slightly stretched out butu still retains its elasticity. A lovely example of these quite rare goggles.

$350 / £275 / €320

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Italian Air Force issue "Protector" type flying goggles

Italian Air Force issue "Protector" type flying goggles

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Luftwaffe / Heer all purpose goggles..

 

Very good pair of German WWII all purpose goggles, worn for dust protection in desert regions and carried in the Luftwaffe survival kits. The leather is actually really good and soft, though scuffed at the folds from storage (looks worse in the photos). Part cotton and part elastic strap still has elasticity. 

$75 / £60 / €70

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Luftwaffe / Heer all purpose goggles.

Luftwaffe / Heer all purpose goggles.

Luftwaffe / Heer all purpose goggles.

Luftwaffe / Heer all purpose goggles.

US Air Corps / AAF Type D-1 flying goggles with case.

Very hard to find D-1 flying goggles. Though these are effectively sunglasses, their official designation was as goggles, because they were considered protective rather than as a visual aid. This example is in great condition, the lenses undamaged (just dirty) and the frames clean, with the all-important "USAC" vertically on the hinge. The arms retain their flexible covers for comfort. The felt-lined case is solid, with patches of surface oxidation, but has done its duty protecting these extremely rare goggles.

$375 / £300 / €345

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AAF Type D-1 flying goggles with case

AAF Type D-1 flying goggles with case

AAF Type D-1 flying goggles with case

AAF Type D-1 flying goggles with case

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US Navy Korean War aviator's red sunglasses for night vision adaption and for observing tracer.

Same style as WWII US Navy sunglasses but oilcloth case is marked USN and dated 1954. Fitted with a single, red acetate lens which wraps around to block out as much outside light as possible. These were worn half an hour before night flight to acclimatize the wearer to the dark. They were also worn to observe tracer ammunition. Maker marked "Pioneer" these sunglasses have plastic frames with comfort cables and are in excellent condition. The snap fastener on the case has pulled through but still present.

$65 / £52 / €60

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US Navy Korean War aviator's red sunglasses for night adaption and for observing tracer

US Navy Korean War aviator's red sunglasses for night adaption and for observing tracer

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RAF anti-dim cloth in tin as issued with the Mk VIII goggles.

A hard-to-find accessory:  the small tin containing anti-dim cloth as issued with every pair of Mk VIII goggles. The cloth impregnated with a compound that, when moistened, was rubbed on the lenses and prevented them from fogging up in flight. Excellent condition, some patina to the tin but cloths inside are perfect. A few available.

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$25 / £20 / €23 

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RAF anti-dim cloth in tin as issued with the Mk VIII goggles

RAF anti-dim cloth in tin as issued with the Mk VIII goggles

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Excellent pair of Luxor No. 6 flying goggles.

Luxor Number 6​ goggles originated in the late 1920s but remained popular well into WWII. Issued to US Air Corps airmen, No. 6 were sold commercially all over the world and worn by military pilots and aircrews as an upgrade over their issue. They were especially popular with European competition and aerobatic pilots on the 1930s (photos even exist of their use by RAF pilots during the Battle of Britain). This pair is in outstanding condition. The rubber cushions are still soft and pliable, not hardened as are most. The bulbous convex lenses are undamaged and the strap retains a small amount of elasticity as well as its sewn embroidered label. 

$350 / £285 / €325 

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Excellent pair of Luxor No. 6 flying goggles

Excellent pair of Luxor No. 6 flying goggles

Excellent pair of Luxor No. 6 flying goggles

Excellent pair of Luxor No. 6 flying goggles

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WWI—1920s Triplex flying goggles.

An unusual and well-made pair of early flying goggles of American manufacture but using British Triplex lenses made under license. The lenses are typical Triplex design - laminated glass (showing minor signs of delamination) but fitted in nickel plated frames with green cotton surrounds and faux fur trim. Long elastic strap has lost its elasticity and needs tidying up to fit, but overall a very nice and unusual set of goggles, perfect for a Great War display.

$185 / £150 / €170

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WWI-1920s Triplex flying goggles

WWI-1920s Triplex flying goggles

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WWII US Navy Willson General Purpose goggles.

 

Often mistaken for flying goggles because of their resemblance to the "Rubber Frame Flying Goggles" also made by Willson. These were  general purpose goggles issued to US Navy personnel such as gunners, observers and submarine crews for protection and visibility in hazy conditions. All rubber construction with an acetate lens and multiple vents to prevent fogging. Excellent condition, with original strap retaining its elasticity. Not easy to find!

$95 / £80 / €90

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US Navy Willson all-purpose goggles

US Navy Willson all-purpose goggles

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Post WWII USSR flying/general purpose goggles.

 

Glass lenses, light alloy frames and one-piece rubber pad with a green elastic strap. These goggles are identical to the type issued during WWII and which remained as standard issue throughout the Cold War. The only visible difference is that wartime flying goggles had raised vents on the frames. Unissued condition and will serve as a filler until a pair of  wartime production goggles can be found.

$35 / £30 / €32

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Post WWII USSR flying/general purpose goggles

Post WWII USSR flying/general purpose goggles

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Post WWII USSR flying/general purpose goggles

Post WWII USSR flying/general purpose goggles

1944 dated Polaroid variable density goggles for observing tracer, atomic detonations etc. issued overseas, possibly Croatia?

 

Standard type variable density goggles by Polaroid, with central knob for adjusting darkness of tint and red flip shield for observing tracer ammunition and other incendiary devices. Very good condition, the rubber pliable and the strap retaining most elasticity. The knob, though a bit stiff, works fine and the lenses do darken nicely. The red screen is undamaged. Though marked US and dated 1944 to the front, these goggles are also marked with a crown and the initials HV. Never seen this before. HV is the national abbreviation for Croatia (Hrvatska) and the crown appears to be that of the Coatian aristocracy from 1939-43. Perhaps these were captured or procured by Croatian forces? Interesting. If anyone has more information, please don't hesitate to share!

$75 / £68 / €75

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Polaroid variable density goggles for observing tracer, atomic detonations etc.

Polaroid variable density goggles for observing tracer, atomic detonations etc.

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Replacement visor for the rare RAF Mk 2A bone-dome flying helmet.

 

Size LARGE replacement or spare visor for the Mk 2A bone-dome. This is has never been used (the holes are not drilled all the way through). Some very minor surface scratching but overall excellent example, rose smoke tinted with the clear half moons at the bottom. A very rare accessory for an extremely rare jet flying helmet. 

$190 / £165 / €190

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åvisor for the rare RAF Mk 2A bone-dome flying helmet

åvisor for the rare RAF Mk 2A bone-dome flying helmet

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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 / £33 / €37

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Replacement lenses for RAF Mk II goggles

Replacement lenses for RAF Mk II goggles

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 / £33 / €37

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

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AAF / USN AO clear lenses for AN6530

AAF / USN AO clear lenses for AN6530

AAF / USN AO clear lenses for AN6530

AAF / USN AO clear lenses for AN6530

AAF / USN AO clear lenses for AN6530

AAF / USN AO clear lenses for AN6530

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