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#1 hink441

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 04:50 PM

I was able to get a second VA-42 helmet for my collection. This one is different from the first one, it has a boom microphone attachment on the right side of the helmet. It also has what looks like a rigger modified chin strap and nape strap. It is not named and appears to be a small size.

I think this one was intended for the A-1 Skyraider. This squadron flew both the A-6 and the A-1 in the early to mid 1960s.

Here is a link to the thread covering the first helmet.

http://www.usmilitar...2-va-42-helmet/

Here is a few pics of the new helmet.

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#2 hink441

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 04:51 PM

Here are some pics of the pair.

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#3 mohawkALSE

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 06:40 PM

Nice old school mask retention assemblies, the Hardman and Sierra self adjust receivers.



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Posted 23 July 2018 - 07:16 PM

Nice! The helmet hunt has been slim lately for me. We will see what the future holds!



#5 hink441

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 03:40 AM

Thanks,

Now I need to locate a visor knob and a boom mic.

I wonder if there is a significance to the different colors of the lightning bolts on the visor covers. Could one color be for A-6s and the other for A-1s ???

Chris

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#6 hink441

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 04:40 AM

Found this picture online. A VA-42 Aviator strapping into his A-1 Skyraider with the help of his Plane Captain. Helmet is similar to my two posted helmets, notice the different type O2 mask fittings (snaps).

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#7 AMT369D

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 03:52 AM

Thanks,

Now I need to locate a visor knob and a boom mic.

I wonder if there is a significance to the different colors of the lightning bolts on the visor covers. Could one color be for A-6s and the other for A-1s ???

Chris

or maybe could be that the material color on hand to do the bolts at that time was what they had available on location?



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Posted 22 October 2019 - 04:56 AM

On second thought, my analogy probably is wrong.



#9 manayunkman

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 06:11 AM

Very cool!


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