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Flying Helmets and Headgear

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RAF Mk3A flying helmet.

Superb example of the ever popular Mk 3 "bone dome" helmet, this being the 3A model, with the oxygen mask hooks omitted and a boom microphone fitted instead. Primarily used in helicopters by the RAF, British Army and Royal Navy. The Mk 3 series uses a Mk 2A helmet shell with a Mk 1 visor. Appears to be in mint, unissued condition, the shell has no blemishes and the visor is as clean and unscratched as it could be, complete with its black cotton protective cover. This would be very difficult to upgrade.

$380 / £300/ €355

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RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

RAF Mk3A flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet.

One of the more scarce of the Commonwealth flying helmets, the SAAF helmet was made from pigskin in dark brown or black leather and lined with brown suede or perhaps antelope. The pattern is very similar to the RAF model, although the cut is a little more rounded, and features a standard single-prong buckle fastening on the chin strap and rear strap. This example has definitely been there and can only be described as fair condition. There is some damage to the leather on a couple of the panels (see photographs), although it seems quite robust and still displays quite well. It is lacking its rear strap and the chin strap is quite worn. It has a property mark and a name printed on the chamois donut inside the receiver housing. The zipped ear compartments are fitted with rubber receiver cups and have NOS sponge rubber pads to help keep their shape. No the best, but quite a rare helmet.

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Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

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Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Scarce South African made Type B flying helmet

Luftwaffe LKpN101 summer flying helmet with all communications and long cord.

Very good and complete example of the Luftwaffe netzkopfhalbe summer flying helmet favoured by fighter pilots. It was produced without a chin strap, the idea being that the oxygen mask completes the headgear and serves to hold the helmet in place. This is an early production model with dark brown leather trim and housings for the receivers, plus a long (1 m) cord and beehive plug. The receiver pads are lined with sheepskin and retain their plastic membranes for improved sound. The helmet is fitted with integral throat microphones, Type Mi-4c. There are 3 small nips in the mesh at the right hand rear of the helmet and a larger area of netting over the internal crown strap which shows similar damage. Fortunately these do not show from the front when the helmet is on display. The helmet is a size 55 (medium) and fits a standard male display head perfectly. It is fitted with studs for attaching the 2-strap oxygen mask (10-69 or 10-6701) and is shown with the 10-6701 which is not included, but is offered separately. Overall a good displayable helmet.

$500/ £395 / €460 each

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Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

Luftwaffe LKpN101 flying helmet with all communications and long cord

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics.

 

Text book example of the standard Cold War flying headgear. Blue Airtex cloth Type G helmet fitted with receivers, wiring and its Type H oxygen mask. The helmet is dated 1969, size 2 (medium) and these helmets are generously sized. Mask is a size large and dated 1967. It has 201 neatly painted to the front, possibly 201 Squadron which flew Shackletons at that time. Condition of both items is very good showing only light use. Helmet is named inside. Leather ear pads are soft and clean; mask rubber is in excellent condition and all wiring is good. Though not rare, these are getting harder to find in such great condition.

$170 / £135 / €155 

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RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

RAF Type G flying helmet with Type H mask complete with all electronics

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940.

Excellent quality black leather flying helmet, chamois lined with pockets on the sides fitted with de Havilland Gosport receivers. Labeled "S. Lewis's of Racing, Flying and Motor Clothing Fame, no connection to any other company." (Just to clarify that they were nothing to do with D. Lewis, who sold identical helmets!). These helmets are quite beautiful and fit considerably better than the RAF issue Type B, as a result of which they were preferred by many RAF pilots as well as by students and auxiliaries – and notably the Schneider Trophy team. Some were  modified to permit the installation of radio receivers and an oxygen mask for RAF use. The leather is in excellent condition. Metal fittings have a little surface rust and one of the press studs has partially pulled through, however it is solid and if handled with care, will not be an issue. Similarly the brow strap has been affected slightly by the oxidation but remains intact. Overall a very clean and displayable example. Note: last 3 images show helmet with Luxor 16 goggles which are not included but were also popular (see Flying Goggles).

$195 / £155 / €178

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S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately urchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately urchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

S. Lewis privately purchased flying helmet with de Havilland Gosport receivers, 1930-1940

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet, named and with artwork.

 

The iconic RAF Type B flying helmet, forever associated with the Battle of Britain. This example in very good condition – complete with rubber telephone holders and NOS sponge pads, the Bennett buckles in perfect condition, both leather pullers present and the metal tip on the chin strap. The helmet is named  inside, Looks like Barer or possibly Baker and has a faint inked four-leaf clover on the left hand side. The artwork has faded/darkened over time, and is difficult to photograph, but quite visible in certain light. Label indicates manufacture by Frank Bryan and is dated 1940. It s a size 2 (medium). 

Leather is in excellent condition and chamois lining, while slightly grubby, is also in very good condition. A lovely helmet with the added character of the artwork. If only it could talk!

$820 / £650 / €760

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1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

1940 dated RAF Type B helmet with artwork (4-leaf clover)

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Large size and great condition.

Lovely example of the standard issue US Navy and US Marine Corps intermediate flying helmet form the late 1930s until about 1943-44. Goatskin leather with chamois lining and chamois lined chin cup. Manufactured by Slote and Klein to Naval Aircraft factory contact specs. Helmet has a name and serial number to the inside of the brow/peak of J.T. Pope and CF1. Size 7-1/4 with an unusual early sewn chin cup. No earcups for receivers ever sewn on, but it is stamped in the back "USN". Not an uncommon helmet, but ID'd examples are always nice.

$120 / £95 / €112

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US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

US navy AAF1092 flying helmet, ID'd. Great condition.

RAF Type B helmet by G. Waddington & Sons.

 

A lovely RAF Type B helmet in in very good condition,  complete with its scarce G. Waddington & Sons manufacturer's label. One of the more unusual makers, the helmet is distinctive in having a very heavily padded brow/forehead area. The helmet is complete with both zip pullers, metal "V" tip on chin strap and both Bennett Buckles retain their leather covering. It also has both telephone holders present and a new set of old stock sponge pads to help keep their shape. Zips are a bit sticky. The helmet is AID stamped and has a barely legible name and number inside which looks like Parr or Parks.  Label is dated 1941, which was the final year of production for the Type B and it is quite unusual to find one with its label left intact, as most were removed or had the manufacturer information obliterated. Size 2 (medium) but a very generous cut and displays well. 

$850 / £685 / €785

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RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

RAF Type B helmet by Waddingtons

USN / RCN FAA AN6540W flying helmet, wired.

 

Unusual variation of the mid-late war AAF/USN 

flying helmet  which was issued to the AAF as the AN-H-16 and to the US Navy as part of the AN6540 series - this being the shearling (W-winter) version. However this model is fitted with Canadian receivers and wiring (very obviously always been that way - there are no splits or cracks in the hard ribber earcups, and it would be near impossible to install these larger receivers today without causing damage). It has also had leather reinforced snap panels each side for the Type G or Canadian GP&R oxygen mask. A small leather tab has been added to the left side to secure the wiring. The RCN FAA flew Corsairs among other US made aircraft and since a full set of headgear and flying clothing was issued with all aircraft supplied to Allied Air Forces by the USA, this is perhaps not surprising, though not a commonly found variation. In great condition and large size.

$300 / £248 / €285

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USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

USN / RCN FAA AN6540 flying helmet, wired

WWI Imperial German aviator helmet.

 

Black goatskin leather helmet, typical of the type worn by Imperial German aviators during the First World War. Six-panel pinwheel pattern construction and sheepskin fleece lining with a coarse, field grey linen lined neck flap, plus small flaps over each ear with snap closure. These same helmets remained in use after the war for motoring and motorcycling and were adopted by glider pilots in the 1930s. For this reason it is very difficult to date them exactly. In excellent condition and a large size.

$175 / £140 / €160

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WWI Imperial German aviator helmet

WWI Imperial German aviator helmet

WWI Imperial German aviator helmet

WWI Imperial German aviator helmet

WWI Imperial German aviator helmet

WWI Imperial German aviator helmet

WWI Imperial German aviator helmet

WWI Imperial German aviator helmet

WWI Imperial German aviator helmet

WWI Imperial German aviator helmet

WWI Imperial German aviator helmet

WWI Imperial German aviator helmet

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired.

Exceptional WWII Type E flying helmet, complete with its internal wiring cord and Type 32 receivers with connector for mask microphone and bell-shaped plug. I believe this is an early production of this helmet which was introduced in December 1944. The Airtex cotton has a unique contrast stitching and the leather straps are made from light tan pigskin. It's a size 2 (medium) which shows very light wear and no damage of any kind. Good chin strap which is slightly stretched out but retains its elasticity, grey velvet lining to the brow and cheeks. Overall a lovely example.

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RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type E tropical flying helmet, fully wired

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued.

While by no means rare, this US Navy NAF1092 flying helmet is in truly amazing condition and would be difficult to upgrade. Goatskin leather with a chamois lining, clear labels and some initials inked inside, so perhaps it was issued but simply never worn? Manufactured by HLB Corp, size 7-1/4 with a clear USN stamp on the rear. 

$100 / £80 / €93

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US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

US Navy model NAF1092 flying helmet, unissued

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset.

 

This is one of those "if only they could talk" helmets. An intermediate first pattern (unwired) RAF Type D fitted with an HS-38 headset and modified by the addition of the extra snap fastener to the left lower chin for an A-14 oxygen mask. The ANB-H-1s are a perfect fit inside the rubber ear cups, even without tape, and the helmet is a large size. It has what is an obviously period rigger repair patch to the front which has been beautifully one with near perfectly matching fabric. Helmet shows use but is intact and displays beautifully. Well marked to the rear with the A-crown-M property mark and the 22C number. This was the second variant of the unwired first pattern Type D, having an elastic (instead of leather) chin strap, and no forward goggle strap tabs, but still retaining press studs/snaps for the Type D mask, as well as the  E, E* and G (and of course the A-14). Sadly no name or means of identifying the previous owner, but almost certainly used by a member of the USAAF in England or the Middle East.

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RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

RAF early unwired Type D flying helmet with USAAF HS-38 headset

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

 

Exceptionally nice used AN6540 helmet in size X-large, modified in typical AAF style with oxygen mask snaps  on webbing straps sewn to each side. The AN6540 was intended for and issued to both AAF and USN though it is rarely seen in AAF configuration. Very good condition overall and fitted with ANB-H-1 receivers.

$155 / £125 / €145

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AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

AAF / US Navy AN6540-4S flying helmet with receivers.

RARE RAF / AAF Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet made by Wilkinson Sword.

Considered one of the "Holy Grail" items by many collectors. The leather covered anti-flak helmet was named after it's designer, Dr. (Colonel) Malcom Grow of the 8th Air Force, who commissioned Wilkinson Sword to produce the original batch for 8th Air Force crews in England. It was made from leather covered overlapping manganese steel plates, with an opening for the radio receivers (designed to fit over the Type C or A-11 helmets) and a sturdy leather chin strap with "Lift the dot" fastener. It was subsequently worn by both RAF and AAF aircrews.  After its success, it was designated M-4 by the USAAF and produced both in England and the USA, with American made versions being fabric covered. This Wilkinson Sword made example shows use, but remains in very good condition. Shape is excellent, leather is very good, with obvious scarring and surface wear from use and storage; small holes in the leather where the steel plates have worn through at each side (see photos) but overall a very good example of an extremely rare protective helmet. Note: Type C helmet is shown for display only and is not included.

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RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RARE RAF / AAF Wilkinson Sword made Grow / M-4 anti-flak helmet

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3, unissued condition.

Excellent example of the Canadian made version of the Type B flying helmet. Glove soft, quality leather with a bright, clean chamois lining, well marked as a size 3 (large) and Buffalo Cap Co. ink stamp with what appears to be a 1942 date. Leather has a slight Bloom which in no way detracts and would probably buff up with a little dressing. A lovely example.

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RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

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RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

RCAF Type B helmet in large size 3

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s.

One of, if not the, most luxurious privately purchased flying helmets of the interwar era, c1930. The beautiful  Scully "Air Mail" helmet by Scully Bros. of Los Angeles was made from the softest glove leather and lined with butter soft suede. The helmet has elasticated gussets on each side for a snug fit, sturdy copper Gosport pipes and receivers, a rolled leather edge for comfort.  Slightly dark staining on one side (looks like it might have been lying in oil at some time) but this looks worse in the pictures than real life and does not affect the feel or quality of the leather – there is no residual oiliness.  Great label and large size. Lovely helmet.

$165 / £138 / €155

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Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

Scully "Air Mail" luxury privately purchased commercial flying helmet, 1930s

AAF Type A-8 flying helmet officially modified for A-9 mask.

Scarce early Army Air Corps / Army Air Forces summer flying helmet, Type A-8. The precursor of the  far more common A-9, the A-8 did not have a long service life, because it did not integrate well with the new generation of rubber oxygen masks. As an interim fix, some A-8 helmets were modified, either in the mill or by a rigger at the quarermaster's stores, but cutting  out the sides of the helmet and adding a leather chin strap instead of the hard leather cup, in order to accommodate the A-9 mask. At the same time, hooks were added to the top and sides to attaching the  mask. This is one of those modified helmets, but appears to be in unissued condition. Marked as a size Medium, it is more generous than most of these early cotton helmets and displays well on a male head.

$95 / £78 / €88

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AAF Type A-8 flying helmet officially modified for A-9 mask

AAF Type A-8 flying helmet officially modified for A-9 mask

AAF Type A-8 flying helmet officially modified for A-9 mask

AAF Type A-8 flying helmet officially modified for A-9 mask

AAF Type A-8 flying helmet officially modified for A-9 mask

AAF Type A-8 flying helmet officially modified for A-9 mask

AAF Type A-8 flying helmet officially modified for A-9 mask

AAF Type A-8 flying helmet officially modified for A-9 mask

AAF Type A-8 flying helmet officially modified for A-9 mask

AAF Type A-8 flying helmet officially modified for A-9 mask

US Navy carrier flight deck crew helmet in green.

Another carrier flight deck crew helmet, this time in green cotton. Each "station" in a flight deck crew had its own colour coded helmet so that pilots could distinguish between mechanics, armaments fitters, launch crews, etc.  This green cotton unlined helmet is in excellent condition. Standard USN stye with long chin strap. These helmets were often purloined by pilots, and sometimes modified to install communications equipment. This example is original and unmodified.

$85 / £70 / €80

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US Navy carrier flight deck crew helmet in green

US Navy carrier flight deck crew helmet in green

US Navy carrier flight deck crew helmet in green

US Navy carrier flight deck crew helmet in green

US Navy carrier flight deck crew helmet in green

US Navy carrier flight deck crew helmet in green

US Navy carrier flight deck crew helmet in green

US Navy carrier flight deck crew helmet in green

US Navy carrier flight deck crew helmet in green

US Navy carrier flight deck crew helmet in green

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

Lovely example of the iconic US Navy intermediate weight flying helmet in use from the late 1930s and throughout the war. Made from dark, reddish brown goatskin lined with chamois and fitted with a chamois lined chin cup. This model is fitted with ANB-H-1 receivers and a long cord with Type 54 plug. The helmet is in excellent overall condition, the leather and chamois superb; it appears to have had "powder puff" pads sewn in at one time and subsequently removed.

$195 / £160 / €185

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US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

US Navy Type NAF1092 flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers and wiring.

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled AdAstra.

 

Superb and rare example of a RFC / RAF Cowl type helmet which has been modified by the wearer or his tailor to enable it to open at the front. The external chin strap and cord has been removed, the front seam opened up and 2 press stud / snap fasteners added to enable the helmet to be more easily put on and taken off.  The rolled leather "wind-deflectors" have also been removed (they proved to be ineffective and superfluous). Leather is soft and supple with some minor surface scuffing in places but overall remarkably clean. Chamois lined crown and nape are excellent; there is some loss/shedding to the fur but it retains about 60-70% of fur inside which is a lot better than most of these 100+ year old helmets! The official War Dept. broad arrow ink stamp is clearly legible on the chamois, and it has the AdAstra woven label in the crown. AdAstra was a trademark of George Williamson, one of the suppliers of flying clothing to military aviators both privately and under contract to the Air Board/Ministry.  The AdAstra range was considered very high-end and this helmet (pre-modification) is featured in the AdAstra catalogue shown in the last two pictures (catalogue NOT included with sale but I will gladly include photocopies if required). It was not uncommon for RFC and RAF aviators to modify their helmets in similar ways for a better or more comfortable fit, though surviving examples are seldom offered for sale. A lovely rare example.

$775 / £655 / €770

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RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

RFC / RAF Cowl helmet, modified, WD marked and labeled

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft carrier deck handler's helmet.

 

A very scarce accessory - cotton helmet as worn by Royal Navy deck crews while manhandling aircraft on the flight decks of aircraft carriers during WWII. Each colour denoted a specific role or duty and I believe royal blue indicated starboard general duties. Simple unlined cotton helmet with a chin strap and buckle (essential for it not to be blown off in the high winds and propwash). Size 2 (Large) in unissued condition.  See last photos for wartime colour photos of helmets being worn on cover and editorial in Illustrated News dated 1943. Note: this helmet is not the same as the US Navy issue deck helmets which were often modified into flying helmets by USN pilots. Very scarce item and the last one of a small batch I obtained a while back.

$75 / £65 / €75

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WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft carrier deck handler's helmet

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft carrier deck handler's helmet

Nicely worn USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted.

 

Combat worn and weary example of this late war US Navy and Marine Corps flying helmet with lots of stories to tell – if only it could! Khaki cotton unlined helmet is grubby overall from use. Goggle straps have been removed leaving small holes in the back. The chin strap snap closure has pulled through but is still present (attached to chin strap). Buckles on each side for attaching the oxygen mask are still present. Retains a good pair of ANB-H-1 receivers in the hard rubber noise attenuating holders which are fitted with a good set of chamois "donuts." Could be used for spares but actually displays nicely as a true combat veteran.

$75 / £70 / €78

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USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

USN / USMC AN6542-1 flying helmet with receivers fitted

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet.

The Type F flying helmet was first developed and tested in 1950 as a successor to the ubiquitous Type C, because a new helmet was needed that would A) house new telephone receivers with larger noise attenuating pads and B) fit underneath a crash helmet (or "bone dome") when needed. The Type C remained in service for many years. The Type F, finally introduced into RAF service in 1954, was in service for less than a year, quickly superseded by the Type G which, though similar, featured additional mask fittings for the new P/Q series and a more comfortable, integral nape strap. Made from the same blue-grey Airtex fabric as the Type G, the two are often confused.  This example has seen better days but still displays quite well. Rust stained on one side with a small tear (about 3/4" long) in left crown area, and one or two pinhead sized holes in the Airtex, it has a couple of the snap fasteners pulled through, although these are still present and could be repaired easily. It includes the hard-to-find large leather/rubber ear pads in good condition and, rather than  a label as was sewn to later production helmets, it is ink stamped with sizing information (size 2, medium). Lacks chin strap in photos but I have now installed the correct chin strap. A very scarce helmet that is still quite reasonable for display and priced accordingly. 

$50 / £47 / €52

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Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

Scarce early RAF Type F flying helmet

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history including Hollywood connection.

A well used (with good reason!) AN-H-15 flying helmet which belonged to a well known Hollywood film cameraman with wartime and postwar use. Cliff Shirpser was an aerial film cameraman before the war who joined the AAF in WWII and pioneered use of his own cameras mounted in B-25 aircraft flying with the 10th AF in the CBI. After the war, he continued his work as an aerial photographer, wearing this helmet (and his A-2 jacket) while working on Hollywood blockbusters.  His professional work included just about every well known movie made between 1921 and 1964, including Gone with the Wind, Ben-Hur, Flying Leathernecks, Run Silent, Run Deep, Flying Tigers, Destry Rides Again, Mutiny on the Bounty and dozens more (a full list will be included, as well as photo copies of documents and photos of Shirpser). This helmet was part of a large grouping of items belonging to Shirpser that included another identical helmet all sold long ago; I kept this one purely because of its historical interest and association with the movie industry.  Helmet is a size Large, complete with HS-38 headset. It is grubby and has no chin strap, but no damage. A fantastic piece of AAF CBI / movie history which comes with a lot of research!

$350 / £325 / €362

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AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet with great history

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Cliff_Shirpser_India_1943

B-25_Tail_Cameras

B-25_Tail_Cameras

Shirpser

Shirpser

Shirpser

Shirpser

WWII production RCAF marked sponge rubber pads for zip ear pockets on Type B and Naval Type C flying helmets.

Original WWII stock. Sponge rubber cushions fit inside the zip ear pockets of the Type B and Naval Type C helmets to provide noise attenuation and padding. For some reason the Canadian-made types have better longevity and therefore do not harden and damage the leather and electrics of the helmet. Unissued condition, black or grey rubber available.

$40 / £37 / €42  per pair

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RCAF B helmet sponge pads

RCAF B helmet sponge pads

RCAF B helmet sponge pads

RCAF B helmet sponge pads

RCAF B helmet sponge pads

RCAF B helmet sponge pads

US Air Force nylon flying helmet bag.

 

Hard to find and always in demand for their utility, as well as their intended function! USAF helmet bag, introduced in the 1960s and issued during the Vietnam War and for many years afterwards, made from "rip-stop" nylon and well padded between the outer layer and the lining. Perfect working zip, clip-hook for hanging up and two large cargo pockets which fasten with snaps and velcro on the side. Excellent, almost unused condition.

$50 / £46 / €52

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US Air Force nylon flying helmet bag

US Air Force nylon flying helmet bag

US Air Force nylon flying helmet bag

US Air Force nylon flying helmet bag

US Air Force nylon flying helmet bag

US Air Force nylon flying helmet bag

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