Flying Helmets and Headgear

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RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag Matching dates and scarce large size (3).

Lovely complete set in very good condition.  Mk 1A bonedome is a size 3 dated 1967 with a clean white leather interior; minor surface scratches but visor is in great shape and includes velvet lined cover. Type G helmet is fully wired, size 3 and also 1967 dated. Ear pads slightly different colour leather but both with same name written and as issued. Oxygen mask is marked 4/66 so was made in last quarter of 1966 and is in excellent condition, superb rubber is clean and pliable, clean white leather lining and small microphone. Mask lacks its left hand strap (a simple elastic strap with 2 snap fasteners) but replacements can be found easily. All pieces come together with correct transit/storage bag. Early jet helmets are becoming highly collectible and are getting quite difficult to find, especially the larger sizes in this kind of condition. An excellent set.

$750 / £615 / €715

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RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

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RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bagDSCN4029

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

RAF Mk1A bonedome + Type G flying helmet fully-wired, Type H mask and carrying bag

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 / £61 / €72

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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 / £40 / €48

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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

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired.

In contrast to the above Type F helmet, this Type G is in perfect condition, showing almost no wear or use, despite being named inside one of the ear pads. A beautiful example of the Type G which replaced the Type F helmet.  The Type G entered RAF service in 1954 and remained in use until the 1990s, worn alone as a flying helmet in transport and reconnaissance aircraft, but also used underneath the Mk Ia bone dome in jet fighters etc. Later examples were manufactured in green Airtex cloth. This helmet has a sewn-in label dated 1969, and is fully wired with the correct receivers, cord and plug, as well as the socket for the oxygen mask microphone. The cloth is fresh and clean, as are the large leather and rubber telephone housings. Size 2 (medium), in overall excellent condition.

$75 / £60 / €72

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RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

RAF Type G flying helmet, fully wired

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 / £285 / €338

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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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Shirpser

Shirpser

Shirpser

Shirpser

Unissued chin cup the US Navy M-450 summer flying helmet.

Original unissued leather chin cup in "oyster" coloured leather with chamois lining for the M-450 and NAF 1092S summer flying helmet.

$48 / £40 / €45

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Chin cup the US Navy M-450 summer flying helmet

Chin cup the US Navy M-450 summer flying helmet

Chin cup the US Navy M-450 summer flying helmet

Chin cup the US Navy M-450 summer flying helmet

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 / £32 / €38  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

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers.

 

Standard issue summer flying helmet for the US Army Air Corps in the early days of the war, although somewhat shortlived, because it was largely upstaged by the A-9. This particular A-8 was used for training purposes, having Gosport inlet tubes fitted, together with orange "powder puff" cushions inside. Lacking its chin cup and label, but I would guess size L or XL the way it fits a male mannequin head. Has some threadbare areas showing mostly on the inside (which all these early unlined cotton helmets seem to have) but for all that remains intact and displays well. An honest example of a helmet that was never produced in huge numbers and is now becoming fairly scarce.

$95 / £85 / €85

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AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

AAF A-8 Flying Helmet with Gosport tube receivers

RAF face defenders for Type B helmet / Type D oxygen mask.

Good original set of face defenders, as issued with the Type B flying helmet, to prevent the wearer getting a "freeze burn" from the bare metal fasteners mounted on each side. These were usually sewn to the sides of the Type D oxygen mask to enable it to be worn with the Type B helmet. Webbing tapes with chamois backing. Show light use but great condition.

$65 / £48 / €58

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RAF face defenders for Type B helmet / Type D oxygen mask

RAF face defenders for Type B helmet / Type D oxygen mask

RAF face defenders for Type B helmet / Type D oxygen mask

RAF face defenders for Type B helmet / Type D oxygen mask

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.

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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

AAF Type A-1 Visor for A-11 or ANH-15 flying helmet.

 

Green cotton covered visor, with webbing tapes and two snaps/press studs for attaching to specially modified A-11 or ANH-15 flying helmets, for aircrews flying in bright sunlight.

Well marked, excellent condition showing light use.

$75 / £55 / €65

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AAF Type A-1 Visor for A-11 or ANH-15 flying helmet

AAF Type A-1 Visor for A-11 or ANH-15 flying helmet

AAF Type A-1 Visor for A-11 or ANH-15 flying helmet

AAF Type A-1 Visor for A-11 or ANH-15 flying helmet

AAF Type A-9 Flying Helmet, size medium.

 

The very basic summer weight flying helmet with which the US Army Air Corps entered WWII.​ A simple, unlined OD cotton skull cap with a leather chin strap wrapped in shearling, with shearling pads on the inside to cover the ears and webbing patches sewn to the outside securing hooks to which the A-9 and A-10 Standard oxygen mask would then be attached. It also has drawstring cords for tightening the brow and nape. These helmets were intended to fit very tightly and therefore sizes tend to run on the small side. This is a size medium which is actually quite generous. It has the addition of webbing tapes with snaps mounted so that a later A-10A or A-14 oxygen mask may be worn. It has a small tear at the back where the cotton fabric has separated but apart from that looks to be unissued or unworn. While once considered very common, like everything else, these are beginning to dry up.

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AAF Type A-9 Flying Helmet

AAF Type A-9 Flying Helmet

AAF Type A-9 Flying Helmet

AAF Type A-9 Flying Helmet

AAF Type A-9 Flying Helmet

AAF Type A-9 Flying Helmet

AAF Type A-9 Flying Helmet

AAF Type A-9 Flying Helmet

AAF Type A-9 Flying Helmet

AAF Type A-9 Flying Helmet

Early Luftwaffe model FK34 Summer Flying helmet.

 

A very early production FK34 Summer Flying Helmet in very good clean condition. Nice salt and pepper weave cotton fabric body with brown cotton lining, leather trim and heavily plated hardware. Super high quality. This helmet was designed for pre-radio days and was usually worn by pilots of single seat aircraft, and even gliders (many early photos show this type of helmet being worn by Me109 pilots). Condition is great. It has a simple label inside with the RB Number printed and size 55, pretty small - suggesting perhaps a young trainee glider pilot. Early examples like this are not common.

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Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

Luftwaffe FK34 Flying Helmet

AAF Type A-11 flying helmet size Medium by Fox Chase Knitting Mills.

 

Nice example of a used - but not abused - A-11 flying helmet manufactured by Fox Chase Knitting Mills, one of the least often encountered labels in my experience. Leather is excellent, chamois lining is a little grubby from wear but there is no damage. Has several names written inside and then inked out. The small U-shaped lock on the chin strap buckle is absent but could easily be replaced and pilots almost never buckled their helmets anyway. Nice decal to side is 90% complete, which is unusual - these "water slide" decals almost always wore away. Size medium which makes it the perfect size for display on a standard male feature head. No receivers or wiring fitted. 

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AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

AAF A-11 flying helmet FOX

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 / £40 / €45

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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