Flying Helmets and Headgear

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RAF Type B flying helmet in a size 2 (medium) in very good condition.

A well above average condition Type B flying helmet in a good displayable size 2. The leather is in very good shape, with no damage or peeling, just light scuffing on the earcups (from storage without the sponge pads - remedied by including a pair of NOS pads). Reasonably clean chamois lining. Earcups and helmet nape embossed with A-crown-M marks. In keeping with Air Ministry orders, maker's label has been removed and helmet is stamped with A-crown-M  mark inside neck. Also has AID stamp and is named to Diamond, which is worth researching.  Makers label could be Frank Bryan or Sterling (both used small rectangular tags) and judging by construction I would say this is a Sterling. Retains rubber telephone holders, leather zip pullers and covering on Bennet buckle neck strap. Leather covering on chin strap buckle lacking. Retains metal "V" tip on chin strap. Overall a very nice example. Type B helmets are becoming incredibly difficult to source these days, and this is a lovely example with honest use.

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RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

RAF Type B Flying Helmet, named in very good condition.

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew.

Excellent example of the final development of the M-4 series anti-flak helmets designed by Malcolm Grow. His first issue type was constructed in the same way, from overlapping steel manganese plates, but covered with leather and had no protection over the ears. This later model is covered with fabric and includes large ear flaps to cover the receivers in the flying helmet (A-11 or ANH-15) worn underneath. Appears to be unissued and apart from a little dust from storage is in outstanding condition. Great label with clear markings.

$295 / £220 / €260

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AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

AAF M4A2 Flak Helmet for aircrew

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask.

Excellent complete set of headgear for a late 1950s-early 1960s RAF pilot, typically of the early V-bombers: Valiant, Victor and Vulcan. Set comprises a Type  G inner helmet, size 2 (medium) dated 1966 with receivers and wiring loom - very clean showing only very light use; Mk Ia bonedome size 2 (broad), dated 1969; and a Type A-13A-2 pressure demand oxygen mask with exoskeleton mounting for quick attach/detach. Mask is unissued and comes with original cardboard packing box. Also fitted with the rare triangular helmet attachments with fine adjustment setting screws. All items are in excellent condition: the bone-dome with light scratches to visor and shell but nothing serious. A brilliant display and a very attractive set up. 

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RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia  bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

RAF V-bomber pilot's headgear: Mk Ia bone-dome, Type G helmet and Type A-13A-2 mask

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

Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining.

 

The standard issue winter flying helmet for the Luftwaffe throughout WWII in exceptional condition, this particular model having the extremely rare rabbit fur lining. Though not an uncommon helmet, the fur lined variety is seldom encountered, and this example is in absolutely first class condition; the leather is superb with none of the usual scuffing on the hard ear pieces, and the woven interior label bears the full manufacturer's name, dating it at 1940 or earlier. It is a size 56 and fits a standard display head comfortably. Fur lining is excellent, and the helmet has not been "butchered" by removing one set of the snap fasteners on the strap of the Mi4c carbon throat microphones, a common practice after 1941. Fitted with receivers and undamaged acetate inserts, and an interesting mid-length cord and plug. A lovely example of a rare variant of this iconic Luftwaffe helmet.

$625 / £450 / €530

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Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining

Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining

Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining

Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining

Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining

Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining

Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining

Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining

Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining

Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining

Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining

Luftwaffe LKpW101 flying helmet complete with rare fur lining

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.

$75 / £55 / €65

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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

RAF Type G Flying Helmet in green cotton, dated 1990 and size 4.

The often undervalued and underrated Type G helmet was first issued in the mid 1950s and continued in service until the 1990s. Initially designed to be worn under the Mk I "bone dome" it could also be worn alone and remained  ever popular with the crews of transport and reconnaissance aircraft throughout its service life as a more comfortable alternative to just a headset. This example is one of the last made, and is in virtually mint condition. The green fabric is impeccable and the white leather ear pads are unblemished. Fully wired with receivers and plugs and size 4, the largest size produced.

$60 / £45 / €50 

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RAF Type G Flying Helmet in green cotton, dated 1990

RAF Type G Flying Helmet in green cotton, dated 1990

RAF Type G Flying Helmet in green cotton, dated 1990

RAF Type G Flying Helmet in green cotton, dated 1990

RAF Type G Flying Helmet in green cotton, dated 1990

RAF Type G Flying Helmet in green cotton, dated 1990

RAF Type G Flying Helmet in green cotton, dated 1990DSCN0342

RAF Type G Flying Helmet in green cotton, dated 1990DSCN0342

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