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#1 boxerdogi

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 01:04 PM

Thought I would share this one. A USAAF Protective Flight Helmet Style 1. This one was made by Cairns. Arguably one of the rarest flight helmets. If anyone has one, any information or pictures...please share.

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#2 BlueBookGuy

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 04:23 AM

Think you surely have already noticed this, anyway a great source !! Great infos about the Style 1 and other early models.

IMO it could be difficult besting it.

 

http://www.best-of-f...lyjet_index.htm


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#3 phantomfixer

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 05:44 AM

amazing piece...can't imagine too many were produced, let alone survive....

 

and thanks for the link bluebook...good reading



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Posted 08 January 2018 - 06:02 AM

Wow!  Learn something every day. Wards off a foggy brain.  Thanks for showing.  Jack



#5 gparlin

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 03:56 PM

That is an amazing piece. I've looked for one for many, many years.  Additional photos would be greatly appreciated on my end.  Thanks for posting this early transitional helmet.  Gregg



#6 boxerdogi

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:27 AM

As requested...

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:27 AM

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:28 AM

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:28 AM

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 07:29 AM

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:01 AM

Thank you for posting the additional photos.  This protective early flight is just exceptional, I've never had the opportunity to see one up close and I've been collecting for a very long time.  I'm surprised that there haven't been more comments posted by the forum aviation community.  

 

Do you mind telling me how long you have owned this exceptional helmet and how you came across it?  It's a real delight to see these detailed photos, thank you again.

Gregg



#12 Bebel

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:29 AM

Fantastic helmet from the earliest jet age! Really very, very scarce to get one. I was thinking that it would be not possible!...

 

Franck

 

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#13 hink441

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 04:25 PM

Great looking helmet, Cairns is a major manufacturer of Firefighter helmets to this day.

I have to admit that I did not even know this helmet existed!!

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#14 boxerdogi

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 01:38 PM

Those are great pictures Bebel! I always assumed these helmets never made it passed test pilots. Those pictures look like use it Korea.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 04:30 PM

Early days in Korea of the 334th FIS (4th FIW), I presume. Now It will be as hard to find the correct period A-13A mask  as getting this helmet!

 

Some others very interesting pictures in this Life article. Particulary those showing that could be the "famous" P-2 helmet...

 

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 08:02 AM

That 336th helmet would be awesome.  Wonder what color that was painted.  WFFFFR!



#17 Bebel

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 05:08 AM

Sorry for the unit error I've written: 336th FIS "The Fabulous Rockeeters", not 334th! :blush:

Thank you, Mohawk!

 

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#18 Bluehawk

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 07:46 AM

Can anyone approximate dating the helmet that originally started this thread?



#19 Bebel

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 11:48 AM

All good informations could be found here: http://www.best-of-f...lyjet_index.htm

 

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Posted 18 August 2018 - 09:41 AM

I am obsessed with this helmet.  This morning I came across this photograph of Carl Bellinger, Republic Aviation Test Pilot, climbing into an AAF YP-84.  Note the serial number of the aircraft: 45-59484.  The helmet is the version with the air vents similar to the tanker helmet. This period of transition had to be exciting and terrifying at the same time.  Gregg

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#21 Moonlight Gecko

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Posted 18 August 2018 - 10:46 AM

Really great helmet!



#22 boxerdogi

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 04:14 AM

Thought I would bring this one back to the top because it marries well with the thread below.



#23 kammo-man

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 10:41 AM

The guy has a N-2 flight jacket as well.

Thats great to see.

owen




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