Flying Helmets and Headgear

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AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with correct ANB-H-1 radio receivers.

Very good clean example of a USAAF Type A-11 fling helmet showing very light wear, complete with braided wiring loom and ANB-H-1 receivers plus PL-354 red plug. This is an early example made from soft leather, chamois lined and having only 3 snap-fasteners on each side. The wiring is also slightly different to the later HS-38 sets, being a lighter, tan colour and each length from receiver to junction being equal in length. Size Medium but quite generous and fits a male display head perfectly. Wired examples seem to be getting harder to find these days.

$300 / £250 / €290

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AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

AAF A-11 flying helmet, early model, fully wired with radio receivers

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF Type C by adding Type B telephone holders.

 

The illusive first type Royal Navy Type C, which was actually converted by Fleet Air Arm riggers from RAF issue by removing the rubber ear cups and replacing them with the zip compartments from earlier B helmets in order to accommodate Gosport receivers as well as electronic receivers (vital for maintaining radio silence on ops from aircraft carriers). In 30 years of collecting I have only ever seen 2 or 3 of these modified helmets! Helmet is well used and fairly "salty" but the leather and chamois are in good condition and it displays well. Standard Bakelite holders are present inside the ear cups, which have been hand-sewn in place. Bennett buckle retains its leather covering. This is one of those "if only it could talk" flying helmets. Rarity cannot be overstated.

$655/ £575 / €658

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Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

Extremely rare Fleet Air Arm Type C helmet, converted from a standard RAF pattern

AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box.

 

It doesn't get any better than this!  Though the A-9 flight helmet used to be considered quite common (perhaps not so much these days), to find an unissued example in pristine condition is a real treat - and to find it in its original storage box is a very rare find indeed. This is a perfect example and in a size Large - both helmet and box in perfect shape, impossible to upgrade.

$120 / £110 / €125

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AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box

AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box

AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box

AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box

AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box

AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box

AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box

AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box

AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box

AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box

AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box

AAF A-9 Flying Helmet, size Large, unissued and in its original box

RAF Type B "Battle of Britain" era flying helmet, 1940 dated RARE maker: Compton, Sons & Webb - Large size 3.

 

Very good used example of the iconic RAF Type B flying helmet, synonymous with the Battle of Britain, produced by one of the more hard-to-find manufacturers: Compton, Sons & Webb. I believe 1940 is the only year CS&W were given the AM contract to produce these helmets - every example I have come across has been dated 1940. This was possibly to make up numbers at a time when more new pilots were being trained, as well as recruited from other allied countries in order to cover the losses  suffered in the Battle of Britain,  making  CS&W a very rare label. They have a distinctive style featuring a curved, contoured forehead and a close fit around the face. There is also quite heavy padding to the crown. This is a very good, clean example in a rare large size. The leather covering is worn away on both Bennett buckle pull tabs and the telephone receiver holders have been removed to facilitate easier installation of receivers (a fairly common modification), but it retains both leather zip pullers and is overall in very good condition with no damage. The dark, peat brown leather is in very good condition and the interior is cleaner than most - and of course it has that superb CS&W label. There is no metal tip to the chin strap, but it appears to have never been fitted. A very rare variant in a scarce and nice large size.

$790 / £730 / €815

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RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

RAF Type B helmet, 1940 dated Compton, Sons & Webb size 3

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 pilots of single seat aircraft and many early photos show it being worn by Me109 pilots. Condition is great. It has a simple label inside with the RB Number printed. Fairly small size 55, but displays well. Early examples like this are not common and were used throughout the Battle of France and Britain, primarily by single seat fighter pilots.

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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

Extremely RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / "Grow" anti-flak helmet.

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: Tye C helmet is shown for display only and is not included.

$3,250 / £2,975 / €3,340

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RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

RARE AAF / RAF M-4 / Grow anti-flak helmet

Royal New Zealand Air Force Type B flying helmet.

 

RNZAF Type B flying helmet in extremely good condition. Perhaps the most scarce of the Commonwealth variants of the ubiquitous B helmet, and also the closest in design to the RAF pattern, although the back looks more like a1930 pattern helmet, with its elasticated gusset rather than an opening and a strap. Helmet is made from heavy, high quality black leather and lined with suede o chamois, with a cream velvet brow pad. The receiver housings are characteristic of the NZ type, with the zips positioned closer to the rear rather than central. It has small central holes for the wires or Gosport tubes and contains rubber telephone holders like the RAF version (this is the first of this type I have encountered with the rubber holders). The chin strap fastens with a typical Bennett's friction  buckle that is maker marked. The helmet has a label in the crown and though faint, the printing of RNZAF can be seen.  Helmet shows only light use and is in great condition.

$475 / £400 / €472

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RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

RNZAF Type B flying helmet

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

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

Lovely matching 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. Both 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.

$700 / £655 / €722

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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

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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

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

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 / £70 / €78

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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 / £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

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B-25_Tail_Cameras

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 / £45/ €50

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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 / £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

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.

$75 / £70 / €78

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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

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 / £70 / €78

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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

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