Pair of ANB-H-1 headsets. I don't know if these were left over from my father's T-6 instructing days or if he bought them later but I don't remember him ever using them. He had adapter cords since their plugs are not compatible with civilian jacks. Also have a later Telephonics headset that looks the same except the headband is covered with vinyl instead of leather.
Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:42 PM
Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:45 PM
One hazard in T-6's was that when the student was clearing the area if he stuck his head out in the slipstream, it would try to yank the headset off.
Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:48 PM
Posted 08 December 2013 - 05:39 PM
Cool examples. The pair on the right is actually using the headset mounts from AAF A-11/ AN-H-16/AN-H-15 type flight helmets as earpads. There was a very similar earpad used post-WWII (M-301) without the jagged mounting flange for sewing into a helmet as in the B&W photo, but without a boom mic. Very neat!
Posted 08 December 2013 - 10:52 PM
Posted 18 December 2013 - 10:55 AM
This is the intercom/amplifier that goes with these headsets. It's an excellent intercom but the radiomen who knew how to maintain them are all dead. Mine died about ten years ago.
Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:02 AM
Look at all the tubes! If the intercom worked fine until the engine started, then became intermittent, a good radioman could tell you the defective tube number from memory, then demonstrate how the tube tested good until he started tapping the side to simulate engine vibration. If the intercom cut out during inverted flight, he knew that the shock mounted dynamotor was pulling away from the base far enough for the pins to disengage. Prying out the tabs on the pins with a penknife made them engage more tightly so that they still made contact even with the dynamotor at extreme travel.
Posted 21 December 2013 - 03:28 PM
Here is a set of ANB-H-1s I swooped up a while back. I have never seen one with this mic set up and headset covers. Any information on it would be helpful. I have a feeling it is post war by the looks of the plug but am not quite sure when the modification would have been done.
Posted 10 June 2019 - 04:11 PM
For those who find this type of thing fascinating, a view of what the earpad looks like when the seventy year old glue fails.
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